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Fidesz-KDNP collects tonnes of donations for ethnic Hungarians, refugees

Government aid programme collects HUF 65 million in donations

The government's aid programme to help Ukrainian citizens fleeing from war has collected 65 million forints (EUR 178,000) in donations, government spokeswoman Alexandra Szentkiralyi said on Monday.

The programme was launched on Friday “to help ethnic Hungarians and anyone fleeing Ukraine for their lives”, the prime minister’s chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, said last week.

Aid centres set up on the Ukrainian-Hungarian border will receive 10 million forints each of the funds, which were collected through a phone line and charity organsations.

Miklos Soltesz, the state secretary for church and state relations and head of the National Humanitarian Coordination Council, said the aid points further inland in the localities of Lonya, Barabas, Beregsurany and Tiszabecs will also receive support to “ensure order and free passage” near the border.

The Budapest municipality said it was hosting 120 refugees at a shelter, mostly families with children. Some of he families are on their way to western Europe, but others, mostly ethnic Hungarian families from Transcarpathia, are planning to stay, the statement said.

The municipality is cooperating with district governments to open further shelters in the city and elsewhere, the statement said.

Fidesz-KDNP collects tonnes of donations for ethnic Hungarians, refugees

A nationwide donation drive launched by Hungary’s ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat (KDNP) alliance has collected several tonnes of donations for ethnic Hungarians in western Ukraine and people fleeing the fighting in the country, the parties said on Monday.

Hungary must do everything it can to stay out of the war between Russia and Ukraine, KDNP lawmaker Locinc Nacsa said in a video message from Miskolc, in north-eastern Hungary. Katalin Csobor, a lawmaker of Fidesz added, at the same time, that the ruling parties were helping the Hungarian community in Transcarpathia and those fleeing Ukraine.

Fidesz’s Miskolc office is filled with donations and some have even offered to open their empty flats to refugees, Csobor said, adding that the parties were continuously looking for more places in the city to accommodate refugees.

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