Held in isolation, Budapest ignores requests: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told about the fate of Ukrainian prisoners handed over to Hungary by Russia
Eleven Ukrainian prisoners of war, who were taken by Russia without Ukraine's knowledge, continue to be held in Hungary. They are being held in isolation, and the country's official diplomatic channels ignore all appeals from the Ukrainian side.
This was reported on Facebook by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleh Nikolenko. He noted that such actions by Budapest call into question the humanitarian motives for the transfer of Ukrainians to Hungary, as well as the assurances of the Hungarian authorities about the allegedly free status of Ukrainian defenders.
"In fact, they are being held in isolation, do not have access to open sources of information, their communication with their relatives takes place in the presence of third parties, and they are denied contact with the Ukrainian embassy," Nikolenko said.
He stated that Budapest's actions could be classified as a violation of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has now once again appealed to the Hungarian side to immediately allow the Ukrainian consul to visit the Ukrainian prisoners of war so that he can assess their physical and psychological condition, inform them of their rights, and provide urgent consular assistance.
As a reminder, the Russian Orthodox Church and its Patriarch Kirill (Gundyaev) handed over Ukrainian prisoners of war to Hungary without Ukraine's approval. Hungary has confirmed the statement of the Russian Orthodox Church about the transfer of 11 Ukrainian prisoners of war. The process was coordinated by Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister for Church Affairs Zsolt Semjén, who noted that this was a gesture of the Russian Orthodox Church towards Hungary, and that these people "owe their freedom to it".
As reported by OBOZREVATEL:
- The Defence Intelligence of Ukraine noted that Kyiv has no information on whether our military are at large. It is also unknown whether the transfer of Ukrainian prisoners of war took place at all;
- At the same time, the Hungarian government denied that eleven Ukrainian soldiers held captive by the aggressor country Russia had been transferred to the country. They stated that it could have been an initiative of Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén, which other officials were not aware of;
- Later it became known that Ukraine had established the location and names of the prisoners handed over by Russia to Hungary. The information has already been passed on to their relatives and law enforcement agencies.