Ukraine says Hungary was informed of Russian attack in advance

Ukraine says Hungary was informed of Russian attack in advance

A top Kiev official says Hungary was informed of the Russian attack in advance and wants to take Ukrainian territory.

A top official of Kiev's government claimed on Monday that there would be consequences for Hungary and was informed of the Russian attack in advance and hoped to seize a part of Ukraine's territory. This statement came after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban was added to the database listing enemies of the Ukrainian state.

Hungary is openly talking about its cooperation with Russia. More than that, it was given early warnings by Russian President Vladimir Putin that our country would be attacked, said Alexey Danilov, secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council NSDC during a media appearance on Monday. He was asked if Hungary could block Ukraine's admission to NATO.

Danilov said Hungary thought it could take part in the territory. Victory will be ours. We will see what the consequences will be for Hungary, which behaved this way. This was likely a reference to Transcarpathia a region in western Ukraine with some 150,000 ethnic Hungarian inhabitants that had been a matter of dispute between Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Soviet Union over the course of the 20th century.

On Monday, it emerged that Hungary's newly re-elected PM was added to Mirotvorets, Peacemaker the notorious online database that keeps track of people considered enemies of Ukraine, some of whom have been murdered after being listed there. Orban is an ally of Russian war criminals and an anti-Ukrainian propagandist, according to the website. Although Hungary is a member of both the EU and NATO, Orban has refused to send weapons to Ukraine or allow the transit of such shipments through his country's territory. Budapest has opposed an oil and gas embargo against Moscow.

On Monday, German outlet ZDF reported that Hungary had moved away from its veto on the matter, and EU oil sanctions against Russia were forthcoming. Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs denied the reporting, saying Budapest sstance on oil and gas sanctions remains the same: We do not support them. Russia attacked the neighboring state on February 24, following Ukraine s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied it plans to retake the two republics by force.