Ukraine Crisis: Hungarian gov't launches aid drive

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Gergely Gulyás

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Hungary's government is launching an aid drive for the ethnic Hungarian minority in Ukraine and refugees fleeing the country, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said in Vásárosnamény (about 254 km east of Budapest) on Friday, according to news agency MTI.

The aid drive, dubbed Bridge for Transcarpathia, will focus on the 200,000 ethnic Hungarians whose homes are in the west of Ukraine, but will provide assistance to "everybody who is fleeing for their lives from Ukraine" as well as people who have remained in the country, Gulyás said.

The government will coordinate the "great will and intent to offer assistance" in the civil sphere, while also contributing state funding, he added.

Government spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi will coordinate the aid drive.

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