OSCE observers monitoring the situation in Beregszász amid growing tension in the region

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) visited the Mayor of Beregszasz Zoltán Babják and requested information about the vandalization of Hungarian owned cars in the past few days and the plan by the Ukrainian defence ministry to deploy military units in the ethnic Hungarian populated city.

The mayor informed the OSCE staff about the tense situation in the municipality made manifest by the vandalization of Hungarian registered vehicles (on March 16, nine Hungarian owned cars' windshields were smashed), pointing out that this has never happened before in Beregszász.

The mayor indicated that his office is cooperating with Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to clarify the circumstances of the vandalization of the vehicles and find the perpetrators.

Mayor Zoltán Babják also informed OSCE observers that the Ukrainian defence ministry is planning to deploy troops in a former military barrack in the city.

He explained to the OSCE monitors that a recent meeting of the City Council attended by Major General Oleg Mikac and two other military officers from Dubno, were the military units are stationed. The officers told us about the beneficial effects of stationing troops in the city the mayor said.

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