Anatolij Kosztyuh, a representative of the Ukrainian president’s Servant of the People party, submitted a modification of the law on local governments. That includes a paragraph that would ban singing the national anthem of any foreign country during the sessions of local governments. If accepted, the Hungarian local governments in Western Ukraine (Transcarpathia) would not be able to sing the national anthem.
According to index.hu, Mr Kosztyuh was elected in Ungvár (Uzhhorod), Transcarpathia, and would like to ban singing the Hungarian national anthem in all types of local governments. He said that
all sessions should start and finish with the national anthem of Ukraine.
The only exceptions would be those sessions during which foreign officials are present. Index.hu says that the change would affect two ethnic minorities, the Russians and the Hungarians.
As we reported before, over a hundred Ukrainian political scientists and analysts worked to create a list of countries that have been either the friendliest or the most hostile to Ukraine last year. Over half of the experts
claimed Hungary to be the second most hostile.
Hvylya.net reported the outcome of the list, and news soon spread across Hungarian media sites, too. The Foreign Policy Council’s list is called “Ukrainian Prism”, and analysts made an almost uniform decision about the country’s no. 1 enemy. There was more disagreement regarding who the best friends of the country are.
The majority of experts (92%) named Russia as the no. 1 enemy of Ukraine; Hungary came in second (54%).
Ukrainians’ perception of Russia shows some improvement. In 2019, 99% of the list-makers named Russia the no. 1 enemy of Ukraine. According to the list, the
most hostile countries were Russia (92%), Hungary (54%), Belarus (45%), Armenia (6%), and Serbia (5%).
Meanwhile, the friendliest states were Lithuania (66%), Canada (43%), the USA (41%), Great Britain (32%), and Poland (30%).