While part of the Russian troops left the Eastern border, many Ukrainian residents are considering their options in case Russia actually attacks.
The Russian-Ukrainian conflict is the main talking point in the region right now. Hungarians living in Kárpátalja region also discuss it a lot. – Blikk reported from the venue. Even on the Hungarian side about 1,300 kilometers away from the border the crisis is a hot topic. People are making assumptions about what could happen next.
„I hope there will not be a war. I have lived here for 52 years, already without my poor husband” one of the women said, then she added that they do not need a state of war on top of the pandemic. The region is in the red code, there are 40,000 newly infected people in the country of 44 million people. The crisis is affecting people’s lives in other ways as well.
„If you look around it does not look like people are in a panic. Although they have a reason for it. Russia is threatening with an attack, and that can occur at any time. My workplace ordered home office a week ago, so in case there is trouble they would not have to rescue us. My bosses said that it does not matter what the Russian president says, we should expect a war.” – a young girl said.
She and her friend would volunteer to help at the frontlines if necessary. They would do work such as cooking, washing, or whatever is needed.“We have many Russian friends who are infinitely kind and there is no conflict between us. What is happening is a game of power by Putin, intimidation.” – the friend added.
A student said that Russia is trying to prevent Ukraine to become a NATO member. But, according to him, economic reasons might play a part as well. He says it is also reflected in the stock market, where some products became more expensive.
Another person who works in a coffee shop says that even in her area that is far from the eastern border, people are afraid. If something happens in the east, it has an impact on the Western side of the country as well. She added that many of her friends from the Ukrainian capital are looking for housing in the western regions of the country to be safer.
The fate of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine is very important.
As Daily News Hungary previously reported, many Hungarians are working in the military in Ukraine. They would be affected. Migration is also a possible scenario as many people would flee Ukraine and some Ukrainian workers in Hungary could bring their families to Hungary from Ukraine.
Source: Blikk, DNH