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Ukraine Crisis: Nearly 180,000 people enter Hungary from Ukraine

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The number of people who have crossed into Hungary from Ukraine reached 178,894 by early Tuesday, government spokesperson Alexandra Szentkirályi said after a meeting of the National Humanitarian Coordination Council on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Szentkirályi said Hungary's catastrophe protection agency has organized temporary accommodations for 3,252 people, including 1,780 children.

The government has allocated HUF 3 bln to charities providing assistance to war refugees and some HUF 2 billion for aid to people who remain in Ukraine, she added.

She noted that the government has exempted hotels that take in war refugees from the tourism tax. Local councils' spending on aid will also be accounted for with the coordination of the Interior Ministry, she added.

She said donations to Bridge for Transcarpathia, a charity drive for war refugees initiated by the government, now add up to more than HUF 591 million. 

State secretary Miklós Soltész, who chairs the National Humanitarian Coordination Council, said charities have helped 81,600 people in Transcarpathia, Ukraine's westernmost region and home to a large ethnic Hungarian population, in the past week.

He said Suzuki and Toyota each offered six vehicles to support the delivery of aid to the refugees.

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