Zakarpattia or Transcarpathia, the westernmost Ukrainian region, is considered the safest part of Ukraine during Russia’s full-scale invasion, as it serves as a place for transferring solely humanitarian aid. Despite this, the region has not been exempt from Russian missile attacks, which again makes clear that there is no place in Ukraine where one can feel safe at the moment.
There is understanding in Zakarpattia that despite being far away from the frontline, the region has to provide its input in the defense of the country. People here contribute their share to the future victory of Ukraine on all fronts: by going to serve in the AFU, accepting the internally displaced people (the region has hosted about 400,000 IDPs since February 24), volunteering, collecting humanitarian aid.
Transcarpathia is a multiethnic region, however, representatives of the many etnicities who call Ukraine home stay united in their support of the state’s sovereignty. Despite the disinformation about the separatist sentiment that Russia intensified in the beginning of the full-scale aggression, none of the enemy’s attempts to destabilize the region were successful. It remains united and is a major driver of Ukraine’s resistance.
- Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukrainian MP, Chair of the Committee on European Union Integration
- Dmytro Tuzhanskyi, Director of the Institute for Central European Strategy (Uzhhorod)
- Ksenia Shokina, journalist from Uzhhorod
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