The Ukrainian civil war won't end anytime soon

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Hungarian Intelligence Agency told to the parliament's National Security Committee behind closed doors to prepare the country for a deepening and protracted military conflict in Ukraine.

After the briefing, the National Security Committee Socialist President Zsolt Molnár remarked that indeed, the outlook is bleak for Ukraine. The opposing sides employ more sophisticated weapons in the military conflict; as a result, a growing number of casualties can be expected in future operations. The rebel forces started using anti-aircraft missiles and more and more foreign nationals are getting involved in the fighting.

For the time being, there is no mobilization in Transcarpathia and in the military sense, Transcarpathian Hungarians are currently no immediate danger however, this situation may change in the blink of an eye.

The President of Ukraine will announce a ceasefire soon to give an opportunity to the rebel forces to lay down their arms. President Petro Porosenko stressed that this will be the first step of the plan aiming to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine; he hopes that his initiative will be supported by all sides.

In the meantime, Hungarian oil company MOL warned the government that the Urengoy-Uzhgorod gas pipeline explosion yesterday may cause disruptions in the Russian gas transport to Europe. For the time being, the loss of volume of gas can be made up from underground reservoirs; but this is the first alarm in the European gas transit that has to be taken seriously.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Defense Minister Csaba Hende told MTI in an interview that the Ukrainian crisis has shown that security is not self-evident; therefore, Hungary must upgrade its national defense force - the military needs additional funds to be able to speed up planned developments of the armed forces.

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