Gergely Karácsony, the mayor of Budapest, arrived in Kyiv today afternoon, based on a Facebook post he shared an hour ago.
Later a statement from the capital’s local government explained that Mr Karácsony went to Kyiv with the mayors of Prague, Warsaw and Bratislava (Pozsony). He accepted the invitation of Kyiv’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, portfolio.hu wrote.
Based on his official program, he will meet not only with the mayors of the V4 capitals and the mayor of Kyiv but also with the mayor of Bucha, where the invading Russian forces committed mass murders last March-April. Furthermore, they will hold discussions with EU diplomats. The talks will focus on infrastructural and humanitarian aid to Kyiv from Budapest, Bratislava, Prague, and Warsaw, the mayor’s office said.
The delegation held a joint press conference this afternoon. According to the MTI, Karácsony expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the residents of Kyiv suffering from the war in Ukraine.
“Budapest stands by Ukraine.
The Hungarian government is not the same as Hungary. Though the Hungarian government often acts in line with the interests of aggressor [Russian] President Putin, millions of Hungarians, with many Budapest residents among them will demonstrate their solidarity with attacked Ukraine and reject attempts to obscure the difference between the aggressor and the victim,” the statement quoted Karácsony as saying.
“Peace is not possible unless the endeavours of the Ukrainian people are successful, unless Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty is restored and Russian troops leave Ukrainian territory,” the mayor added.
According to a recent post by Mr Karácsony, they travelled by train to the war-torn Ukrainian capital. The journey lasted 17 hours, he added. Here is a photo of them. Karácsony said that on his right, there was Rafal Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw. Next to him is Matus Vallo (Bratislava – Pozsony). The man standing is the mayor of Prague, Zdenek Hrib:
Source: portfolio.hu, facebook.com/karacsonygergely