#Commentary of Alla Barkhatnova on causes of regional conflicts in Ukraine
Ukrainian Neo-Nazis vandalized the Hungarian road signs in Transcarpathia last week. This is a consequence of the fact that, with every passing day, official Kiev is increasingly initiating the adoption of ambiguous laws that violate the constitutional rights of the citizens of the country. In particular, they relate to the use of the native language, the development and preservation of the traditions and culture of minorities residing in the territory of the State.
It should not be forgotten that Ukraine has ratified a number of international treaties pledging to give the regions the right to use their mother tongue in both education and other areas of life. In fact, the Ukrainian radicals are constantly harassing minorities. Therefore, the wave of vandalism in the Zakarpatye region, where most of the population is Hungarians, is understandable. The leaders of the Hungarian communities appealed to Poroshenko to grant more independence and self-government to their region.
Kiev immediately accused the district authorities of separatism by repressing the heads of administration. The camp of activists, guarding an erected stele with welcoming inscription in the Hungarian language in Beregovskiy and Vinogradovskiy districts, were attacked by extremists who beat up unarmed people and destroyed, in their view, the design of ‘Anti-Ukrainian content’. That is, the mere desire of people to live in their territory according to their own tradition has triggered Kiev’s hatred and constant accusations of ‘treason’.
This situation is comparable to what happened in Donbass. They were trying to impose on us what they are now imposing on Transcarpathia. Donbass responded with war to Kiev. What will happen to Transcarpathia and other regions that are trying to protect their rights? The answer is simple: if the Ukrainian government continues to make mixed decisions, ethnic conflicts will arise everywhere and, due to the lack of a proper response to the protection of the rights of the minorities from Kiev, human blood can continue to spill.
Alla Barkhatnova, the DPR People’s Council deputy