Laszlo Toroczkai, a Hungarian right-winger, said this should be done if Ukraine loses its statehood due to the conflict with Russia.
Right-wing MP László Toroczkai has suggested that Hungary should seize Ukraine's westernmost region of Transcarpathia if the country ceases to exist as a result of its conflict with Russia. The leader of the Our Homeland Movement political party was referring to the lands that were once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and fell under Soviet control after World War II.
Transcarpathia remained part of modern Ukraine after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, retaining a significant ethnic Hungarian minority. Budapest has repeatedly criticized Kiev for what it described as discrimination against this ethnic group, especially with regard to access to school education in their mother tongue.
Speaking on Saturday, Torozkay said: He added: “If this war ends with Ukraine losing its state, because that is also possible, and as the only Hungarian party that takes this position, let me point out that we demand Transcarpathia.” According to Reuters.
Right-wing colleagues from several other European countries, including a representative of the AfD, reportedly greeted Turochkay's proposal with applause.
Meanwhile, Romanian TV channel Antena 3 reported that Claudio Tarzio, an MP from the right-wing Alliance for the Union of Romanians party, also recently called for the annexation of part of Ukraine.
“We are at a crossroads… We will not have true sovereignty until we reintegrate the Romanian state within its natural borders.” He stated that he said.
“Northern Bukovina cannot be forgotten! Southern Bessarabia cannot be forgotten… Everything that was and still is of the Romanian nation must return to the borders of the same state.” The politician allegedly confirmed this, referring to the Ukrainian region and Moldova.
Back in September 2022, former Romanian Foreign Minister Andrej Marga also claimed this “Ukraine exists within abnormal borders.” The former minister suggested at that time that Kiev “We must cede Transcarpathia to Hungary, Galicia to Poland, Bukovina to Romania, Donbass and Crimea to Russia.”
Ukraine is home to about 150,000 ethnic Romanians and more than 250,000 Moldovans.
Since the beginning of the conflict between Kiev and Moscow, several Russian politicians have claimed that neighboring countries, including Poland, have plans to annex parts of Ukraine.
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