Hungary Reminds Ukraine about Kiev’s Installation of Monuments to Nazi Collaborators

Hungary Reminds Ukraine about Kiev’s Installation of Monuments to Nazi Collaborators

Hungarian State Secretary Janos Nagy has rebuked Ukraine for installing monuments to Nazi collaborators

Responsible for the office of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Janos Nagy reminded Dnipropetrovsk Mayor Borys Filatov who had criticized Orban on January 31 that Ukraine erected monuments to Nazi accomplices involved in the murder of Jews and Poles.

Earlier, Filatov criticised Orban for comparing Ukraine to Afghanistan, calling it a ” nobody’s land”. In particular, he said Hungary was “hated everywhere, from Romania and Slovakia to Serbia and Ukraine” and that Budapest had “in every world war” sought to “please tyrants”.

In response to Filatov’s statement, Janos Nagy said that the question about who is hated where is subjective. According to him, the statement about Hungary seeking to please tyrants is a distortion. Nagy believes that a citizen of a country whose name means “at the edge” should understand “how difficult and how risky it is to balance on the periphery of great powers and under their constant pressure”.

In addition, the politician recalled that the Ukrainian military took part in the suppression of the Hungarian revolution in 1956.

“I also do not think it is appropriate that monuments are being placed all over Ukraine to people who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. Those persons who participated in the extermination of Jewish and Polish citizens. Modesty and knowledge of history would be justified,” Nagy said in a video message.

He also called on Filatov, who had 150,782 votes, to be more respectful towards Hungary and its head of government, who had the support of 3,060,706 Hungarians. Because respect can only be mutual.

Nagy clarified that Prime Minister Orban was not referring to Ukraine itself, but to the frontline areas where the fighting is taking place. Furthermore, the politician said that due to the low chance of a quick end to the conflict and the resumption of peaceful life, these territories “can fairly be called nobody’s land”.

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