Hungary to deploy troops at border with Ukraine

Hungary to deploy troops at border with Ukraine
# 22 February 2022 21:39 (UTC +04:00)

Hungary will deploy troops along its 137km border with Ukraine amid fears of an influx of refugees if the crisis with Russia escalates, Defence Minister Tibor Benko has said, APA reports citing BBC.

Countries in Eastern Europe are making preparations for people fleeing Ukraine.

Hungary's armed forces will carry out humanitarian tasks as well as close the Ukraine border with Hungary "to ensure that no armed groups can enter the territory", Defence Minister Tibor Benko said.

"Hungary's security is the most important, we are reinforcing the Ukraine-Hungary border," the defence ministry said in a statement.

Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban is known for his hard stance on migration.

In contrast, neighbour to both, Romania says it could take in half a million refugees if the crisis in Ukraine worsens.

"There are several estimates, but we could receive over 500,000 refugees, that is... the number for which we have prepared," defence minister Vasile Dîncu told reporters.

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