In Lviv, Hungarian journalists experienced first-hand the actions of Ukrainians against unknown intruders. The enemy can attack from anywhere – is Ukrainians’ thinking – so the armed welcome is no coincidence.
One of the main reasons for Ukrainians’ caution is that in recent days, the defenders intercepted a number of Russians in civilian clothes infiltrating the Ukrainian population and, as it later turned out, marking targets for Russian artillery.
Three journalists of Hungarian news portal Blikk were filming a barricade in Lviv when they were surrounded by Ukrainian soldiers with guns loaded. Ukrainian soldiers ordered them to lift their hands. When they tried to look around, they were immediately told to look only at them. After that, a thorough interrogation began in the middle of a square. The tense moment intensified even more when an elderly lady shouted at the gunmen, “Do something to them!”.
The armed Ukrainian soldiers checked all the documents of the Hungarian journalists and took photos of them, which they said they passed on to the Ukrainian secret service to check that they were not undercover enemies. The Ukrainian defenders held the captured journalists at gunpoint until they were convinced that the unknown civilians were indeed journalists of Hungary.
The enemy can attack from anywhere – is Ukrainians’ thinking – so the armed welcome was no coincidence.
During the background check, the journalists were constantly asked what they were doing in Ukraine and why they had come from the Polish border. After an hour and a half, the background check ended. Once the armed soldiers were convinced that the captured civilians were indeed Hungarian journalists, they became friendly.
They apologised for the aggressive action, but as they said, there is a war going on in the country, and they have to act accordingly. It has been revealed that
Ukrainian residents are so nervous that they report anything suspicious, and soldiers act immediately.
One of them is a doctor, but now the protection of the country is more important than anything else, so he is helping the authorities, albeit as a civilian. In the end, the Hungarian journalists were given some useful advice. The Ukrainian soldiers wished them a good journey and thanked them for presenting to Hungary what was happening in their country.
Fighting is intensifying in Ukraine. Russian troops are attacking from all sides, but the Ukrainian defenders continue to resist. Russia appears to be taking tougher measures: on Monday, it launched an artillery attack on the Kharkiv neighbourhoods, which claimed many civilian lives. A large force has been deployed to take the capital, with a huge Russian armoured convoy approaching Kyiv. While Vladimir Putin is stepping up the pressure on the battlefield, countries around the world have decided and continue to decide to take unprecedented sanctions that would devastate the Russian economy. It was under these circumstances that the first formal talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place, ending, as expected, without a breakthrough, but leaving the door open for another round of talks. On Tuesday, the Russians warned Kyiv residents to take cover as they would launch targeted attacks on the capital. The Kyiv TV tower was hit, killing five people. While the Russian offensive in the north is stalling, the invasion force in the south appears to remain strong, with virtually the entire coastline of the Sea of Azov occupied by Russian forces. The Kreml has announced its readiness to resume peace talks, reported Hungarian news portal Portfolio.
Source: blikk.hu, portfolio.hu