Hungary is broadening its humanitarian actions in Ukraine to cover education, Levente Magyar, the parliamentary state secretary for foreign affairs, said during a visit to western Ukraine on Thursday. Since the outbreak of the war, Hungary has provided billions of forints of humanitarian aid via the Ecumenical Aid Organisation to Transcarpathia and other areas of western Ukraine that are the most burdened by internal refugees, Magyar told public media. This money is also going towards rebuilding several buildings in the vicinity of Kyiv. In a matter of only a few weeks, a kindergarten building on the outskirts of Borodjanka was built costing one million euros. In Bucsa, a school is under reconstruction, while a community centre is also being built there thanks to Hungarian aid, he noted. Also, Hungary has paid for the construction of shelters at dozens of schools and colleges, he said.
Talks are under way on taking over activities from universities and colleges destroyed in eastern Ukraine on a temporary basis, as well as contributing to the maintenance of universities relocated to western Ukraine, Magyar said. “Hungary is there for Ukraine as a friend … and is mobilising its resources to ensure that excellent cooperation is maintained in this strategic area, too.”
During his trip to Transcarpathia, Magyar met Viktor Mikita, Transcarpathia’s governor, and visited the maternity home in Berehove (Beregszász). He also inaugurated the local kindergarten and then visited a refugee hostel being built in Vynohradiv (Nagyszőlős).