Hennady Moskal, Zakarpattia Oblast Governor, claimed that all attempts of the anti-Hungarian provocations in the region were disclosed and its citizens did not participate in them as Segodnya reported.
According to him, the difficult situation in the region was always used by Russia, but such state of affairs was countered.
"For example, once the office of the Hungarian Culture Society was burned, we have solved this case. It was burned for the second time, the roads led to Transnistria, the Ministry of State Security. Who does this? FSB career officer heads the Transnistrian State Security Ministry. Moreover, the provocateurs wanted to see the mass clashes in Uzhhorod when the Hungarians celebrated the national holiday. 53 people were stopped at the checkpoint "Nyzhni Vorota." They had the balaclavas, knives, batons, metal objects and so on. Then our services spotted the cars of the provocateurs near Skole. They did not allow anyone to cross the border, each of them was identified. Everything that fell under the Criminal Code of Ukraine was confiscated. The criminal proceedings were opened. There was a series of them. The cars were burned in Berehovo. This case was also solved," he said.
Moskal noted that the citizens of Kyiv region were the perpetrators of the anti-Hungarian campaigns.
"Citizens of Zakarpattia will never be up for such actions, even if they have right, left or any other proclivities. They do not want to burn their own houses. Everyone understands it, regardless of the political proclivities," the official claimed.
At the same time, Moskal noted that there are no anti-Ukrainian attitudes in Berehovo as well as in the region.
"What happened in Berehovo? There are no anti-Ukrainian attitudes. Zakarpattia does not support the negative trends, which are described and equitable for Kyiv, including the statements of (Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs - Ed.) Klimkin. Because Hungarians, Ukrainians, and other nationalities have been residing Zakarpattia for 1100 years. Who is the indigenous of Zakarpattia but did not come there after 1946 as the result of the migration processes, everyone posses the Hungarian blood from a drop to the liter. Nobody can deny this. People who completely do not deal with the situation, who do not know Zakarpattia from inside, speculate on this issue," he explained.
Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians are receiving Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents.
Later, Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister, said that the video is being checked on the authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country.
In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated.
Later it was also reported that for seven years, the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region, have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local residents who are citizens of Ukraine.