President Katalin Novák received children from western Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region at the presidential Sandor Palace on Tuesday.
Novák is the chief patron of the Advent Charity Fair of Family Associations. Proceeds from the event will go towards making Christmas better for the children of the St. Michael Orphanage in Rativci (Rat). Because of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, a decision was made to use this year’s Advent Charity Fair to help a Transcarpathian orphanage, Nóra Király, founder and head of young family association Ficsak, told public media.
The family association hopes to raise 1 million forints (EUR 2,450) with the aim of hosting a Christmas dinner for the children, giving them a playhouse experience and organising a trip to Hungary, Király said. Mária Bíró, the head of the orphanage, said 17 orphans between the ages of 5 and 21 visited the Sandor Palace.
President Katalin Novák received a briefing on the latest developments in the war in Ukraine from Commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi and Director General of the Military National Security Service János Béres. The army leaders assured the president that Hungary’s troops are capable of guaranteeing the safety of the Hungarian people. István Kun-Szabó, the president’s chief military advisor, told public media after the meeting that normally, as commander-in-chief of the armed forces,
the president would receive briefings every three months, but, because of the war, was now meeting with army leaders every two weeks.
The president received a general briefing from the director general of the Military National Security Service, while the commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces told her about Hungary’s military upgrade, Kun-Szabó said. He noted that during her visit to Israel last week, Novák inspected the Iron Dome missile defence system. Certain elements of the air defence system will be delivered to Hungary as early as next year, Kun-Szabó added.
The president considers it important to receive precise briefings on the Ukraine war and also to meet with Hungarian troops in person, the chief military advisor said. Novák will soon pay a visit to the Hungarian soldiers serving in Iraq, he said.