War Spreading to Transcarpathia!

There is breaking news, as yet unconfirmed, that chaos and mass unrest is spreading across Transcarpathia. So the region is now apparently in open and obvious rebellion. Wow!
The Transcarpathian region, known as Zakarpattye Oblast, declared their independence from Ukraine a long time ago, but not much followed from there. Recent reports said that half the oblast was in open rebellion, armed with checkpoints everywhere that won’t let you past unless they know you. Then we heard that the junta had sent an army detachment into the region. Not much was heard after that.
A large number of recruits from Transcarpathia recently defected from the war zone in the east. They hopped on buses and rode west. At some point they were stopped at a military checkpoint where it was determined that they were deserters  who were fleeing the war zone. At first the soldiers at the checkpoint told them to go back, but then they changed their minds and said those who want to go home, sit here and those who do not want to home, sit here. Quite a few opted for each group. Then the soldiers allowed the troops to go back to Transcarpathia.

Zalarpattia Oblast in the Ukraine, home to Rusyns and Hungarians.
Zakarpattia Oblast in the Ukraine, home to Rusyns and Hungarians.

Transcarpathia is mostly home to people called Rusyns, who speak a language similar to but not the same as Ukrainian. It is actually a separate language. The junta says that there is no such thing as a Rusyn language and that instead they speak Ukrainian. The Rusyns have not taken kindly to Ukrainian nationalism and the truth is that they want out of this new Ukraine. In the west, there are many Hungarians who still speak their language. They also want out of the new Ukraine.
The extent of the Rusyn ethnic group in Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.
The extent of the Rusyn ethnic group in Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.

0 thoughts on “War Spreading to Transcarpathia!”

  1. Dear Robert
    That area was part of Hungary till 1919, when it was allocated to Czechoslovakia by the allies. In 1939, it reverted to Hungary. At the end of WWII, the area was annexed by the Soviet Union. All the Western borders of Ukraine have been created by the Soviet Union against the wishes Romania, Hungary and Poland, but they were drawn more or less right because the Soviet Union didn’t push the border further Westward than the area where the Ukrainians were the clear majority.
    Regards. James

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *