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Orban Rebuffs Zelenskiy’s Summit Plea for More Ukraine Backing

Prime Minister Viktor Orban rebuffed an emotional plea by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for Hungary to offer stronger backing for Ukraine, including support for energy sanctions against Russia and providing military aid to its eastern neighbor.

Zelenskiy had singled out Orban, the European Union leader with the closest ties to President Vladimir Putin, during a video-conference on Thursday with European Union leaders gathered in Brussels. He urged Orban to “decide already” on sanctions and military support in the face of mounting Ukrainian civilian casualties at the hands of Russian troops.