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Government orders enhanced army training, exercises

The government has issued a decree ordering the armed forces to enhance training and exercises in view of the "protracted and threatening escalation" of the war in Ukraine.

Hungarian security and defence “are now the first priority”, the defence ministry said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The timeframe for the preparation and training of soldiers will be extended, and during a wartime emergency, members of armed forces can expect to perform overtime as well as enhanced exercises and training, the statement said.

The army’s basic task is the military defence of Hungary’s independence, its territorial integrity and borders, as well as performing common defence and peacekeeping tasks arising from international treaties, the statement said, adding that it must also see to humanitarian activities in line with international law.

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