Ukraine has demanded that Hungary urgently correct false information about Ukraine in a school geography textbook released for this year’s eighth-graders, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, told NV on Sept. 7.
In particular, the authors of the textbook falsely claim that there is a civil war in Ukraine. At the same time, the Ukrainian flag is depicted upside down.
According to Nikolenko, Ukrainian diplomats held a meeting at the Hungarian Foreign Ministry on Sept. 6, during which they emphasized the inadmissibility of presenting unreliable and distorted facts about Ukraine.
“We demand that the false information in the textbook be corrected as soon as possible,” the official said.
Meanwhile, journalists of the Hungarian media outlet Telex said the illustration of Ukraine in the textbook looks as if it has deliberately been prepared to please Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. The image shows a Russian bear and men wearing U.S. and EU symbols tearing the upside-down Ukrainian flag into pieces.
The authors of the textbook also claim that the distribution of nationalities across the territory of multinational Ukraine is very uneven, while the Russians constitute the majority in the east of the country and in the occupied Crimea.