Szijjarto: Hungary rescues staff, foreign diplomats from Kyiv

Hungary temporarily moves embassy to Lviv

Hungary is temporarily moving its embassy from Kyiv to Lviv in western Ukraine, in response to the deteriorating security situation in the Ukrainian capital, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Thursday.
3. March 2022 15:24

Szijjarto told a meeting of Hungarian ambassadors that Hungary had recently evacuated the embassy’s employees, their families, along with three Austrians and a French national from Kyiv, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

All twenty people are safe and in constant contact with the ministry, Szijjarto said.

The embassy will run with a reduced staff in Lviv, he added. “We will represent every Hungarian who find themselves in trouble in Ukraine,” he said. The embassy staff will return to Kyiv as soon as it is safe to do so, he said.

Szijjarto: Hungary rescues staff, foreign diplomats from Kyiv

The Hungarian government has successfully helped 32 people, including ten South African and ten Nigerian diplomats leave Kyiv in its second such operation, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

The foreign ministry quoted Peter Szijjarto as saying that a part of the staff at the Hungarian embassy, three Hungarian civilians, and the foreign diplomats had left Kyiv in 11 cars on Tuesday. The convoy reached Zahony crossing station and entered Hungary late on Tuesday, the minister said.

“Unfortunately, the situation is gradually worsening, especially in Kyiv… but now everybody is safe,” Szijjarto said.

Szijjarto said he hoped the second round of peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, set for Thursday, would be successful.

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