In Kiev recognized the possibility of losing control over Transcarpathia

© AFP 2018 / Sergiy GudakФлаги Hungary, Ukraine and the European Union in the Ukrainian city of Beregovo. Archival photoIn Kiev recognized the possibility of losing control over Transcarpathia© AFP 2018 / Sergiy Gudak

Kiev may lose the Carpathians, in an interview with the portal «Obozrevatel» said the Deputy head of the so-called Ministry of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine Georgy Tuka.

According to the official, from the moment Ukraine gained independence, the three regions of Crimea, Donbass and Transcarpathia — was «farmed out» to local elites in exchange for their loyalty to the Kiev authorities.

«Two areas we actually lost, Transcarpathia yet, but I absolutely agree that we’re losing those areas, where no policies of the Central government,» said Tuck.

Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russia.

Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia.

According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, which declared independence after a coup in February 2014. According to the latest UN estimates, the conflict claimed the lives of over 10 thousand people.

To resolve the situation in Donbass has adopted three documents regulating the measures to de-escalate the conflict. However, even after the armistice agreements, the shooting continued.

Relations between Budapest and Kiev escalated on the background of discussions about the Ukrainian education act, which, among other things, greatly reduces the possibility of learning other languages. The government of Hungary said that the law violates the rights of ethnic minorities, many of whom are ethnic Hungarians

In September, a scandal erupted around the issue of Ukrainian citizens with Hungarian passports at the Consulate in Berehove, because the Ukrainian law prohibits dual citizenship.

Kiev declared Consul of Hungary in Beregovo persona non grata and ordered to leave the country within three days. Budapest, in turn, said mirror measures.