A Hungarian memorial in western Ukraine has been vandalised for the second time within a month, the Hungarian consul in Uzhhorod told MTI on Sunday.
A group of Hungarian tourists, after returning from a tour which included the site, reported on Saturday that they had seen fresh graffiti sprayed on the monument when they visited the monument at the Verecke Pass on March 27. The group said a commemoration by the Ukrainian radical Svoboda party had been going on at the site when they were there.
By Sunday, the paint depicting swastikas and offensive graffiti had been removed, but the monument had bits broken off from it, and the marble altarpiece was damaged, they said.
The consul Endre Szalipszki told MTI his staff members had visited the site on Sunday and were sad to confirm the damage. He said such incidents did much to hurt Hungarian-Ukrainian relations.
The Verecke Pass memorial, which commemorates the Hungarian tribes’ arrival in the Carpathian Basin in 896 AD, was set alight late February by radicals, and it has been damaged several times since its inauguration in July 2008.