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Ukrainian-Hungarian citizens are banned from all state offices by the President of Ukraine

Ukrainian-Hungarian citizens are banned from all state offices by the President of Ukraine

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a decree on Thursday, in the future, the Hungarians of Transcarpathia, who also hold Hungarian citizenship, cannot occupy governmental or municipal positions, nor can they be members of parties or leaders of companies of strategic importance owned by the state. The According to Article 1 of the regulation, the regulation also stipulates that Ukrainian National Security will include dual Ukrainian-Hungarian citizens.

The decree constitutes more severe discrimination against the Hungarian minority than ever before, as nearly everyone in Transcarpathia also holds Hungarian citizenship. According to the official justification of the Decree on “Urgent Tasks Concerning Elimination of National Security Risks to Citizenship”, its aim is to prevent anyone from using dual citizenship to undermine Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. There is also a dual citizen of Ukraine. The state, and within six months to submit a bill that prevents duplication of citizens from assuming important government positions and obtaining state secrets, and only those who renounce their other nationality will be exempt from this restriction.

The decree is supposed to have been written more for dual citizens of Russia and Ukraine in eastern Ukraine, although Alexei Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, previously said that Russia is not the only country threatening Ukraine, referring to Hungary.

The move would severely affect the Hungarians in Transcarpathia, because nearly all Transcarpathian Hungarians acquired Hungarian citizenship when the Hungarian government provided an opportunity to do so. The number of Ukrainian-Hungarian dual citizens is not officially known, and the data will not be released by the Hungarian government, as the Ukrainian government in principle does not allow dual citizenship.

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