The OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine does not confirm the information about the opening of the observation mission in Zakarpattia, but it says about the intensified monitoring in Uzhgorod. This was reported in the press service of the OSCE SMM, Radio Liberty informs.
"In response to recent events in the city of Uzhgorod and its environs, the OSCE SMM increased monitoring in this area," the reply says.
The OSCE SMM notes that they will continue monitoring the situation in Uzhgorod "through continuous patroling" from Ivano-Frankivsk.
Earlier the media reported that on March 10, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto said that the OSCE had informed him about the opening of an observation mission in Zakarpattia. In particular, it was reported that the OSCE mission would allegedly be based in Uzhgorod, the mission included 12 people.
In Regional State Administration they declared that they do not know anything about the opening of the office of the OSCE mission.
In February, two incidents occurred in Uzhgorod, related to the Society of Hungarian Culture: attacks on the building on 27th and 4th of February.
On March 4, the chairman of the National Police, Serhiy Knyazev said that law enforcers solved both crimes. According to him, only five people were detained, the probable organizer-foreigner is on the wanted list.
On March 5, the chairman of the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration Gennady Moskal said that law enforcers detained people suspected of setting fire to the office of the Society of Hungarian Culture in Zakarpattia on the night of February 27, and also identified the organizer of the attack on the Hungarian center in Uzhgorod. According to him, this is a member of the "Ministry of State Security" (MGB) of the unrecognized republic of Transnistria, who immediately fled home after committing the crime. "
Relations between Ukraine and Hungary have sharply deteriorated recently due to the new Ukrainian law "On Education", which provided for the gradual transition to education in the state Ukrainian language. Budapest saw this as a violation of the rights of the Hungarian minority. Kyiv rejects these accusations.