The biggest ever humanitarian aid effort in Hungary is under way, Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications, said in an interview broadcast by the US news channel MSNBC.
The number of refugees from Ukraine “is over 500,000 by now because we combine the numbers that are coming directly from Ukraine and through Romania,” Kovács said in the interview which he also posted on Facebook. “Not since the second world war, we have never ever witnessed refugees in so great numbers and very unfortunately, as we see, the influx, the flow, the flee of refugees is going to continue,” he said.
“We are prepared, there is no cap, there is no limit, neither in the numbers nor in the supplies,”
To see the interview in full, visit MSNBC’s website.
Meanwhile, Fidesz group leader Máté Kocsis has told Ferenc Gyurcsány, the leader of the opposition Democratic Coalition, to cease making provocative statements about the war in Ukraine which, he insisted, may endanger the security and peace of Hungarians. Commenting on the former prime minister’s recent statement on social media in which he accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of projecting Hungary abroad as a “cowardly, immoral nation”, Kocsis said on Facebook on Friday that Hungary must not get dragged into the war.
Referring to Gyurcsány’s remark that Orbán was turning Hungarians into “shitty figures for life”, Kocsis wrote:
“No, we will not become ‘shitty figures’, and we will not be cowards or immoral by staying out of the conflict between two other countries.”
He said what was at stake was far graver than the price of ordinary political sparring. “It is life-threatening,” he said, accusing Gyurcsány of failing “to take responsibility”. “Is political competition really worth endangering Hungarians’ peace and security?” Kocsis said.