The Hungarian Uprising took place in 1996 but beforehand Hungary was being occupied by the Nazis in March 1944 and liberated by the Soviets in April, then it has been under the USSR’s control. The uprising began with the death of Stalin in 1953. Most of the population no longer accepted and wanted to partake in a communist nation; therefore, in order to free themselves, students, workers, and soldiers attacked the AVH and destroyed the statue of Stalin. In response to these anti-Stalinist protests, Russia sent troops to Budapest, which Nagy asked Nikita Khrushchev to remove. Following this, there were five days of freedom until a thousand Russian tanks rolled into Budapest once more because Nagy announced that Hungary was going to leave the Warsaw Pact – and Khrushchev would not accept this.
Thus, Hungarians fought against the Russian troops, which were destroying their armies. Nagy then appeared on the radio notifying Hungarians of the emerging crisis and that the Hungary’s troops were fighting, and for this, he was replaced with János Kádár.
For many years, Khrushchev – who was also the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukrainian SSR in 1938-1949 – used his power to strengthen the friendship between Ukraine and Russia. Thus, similarly to the help provided from Russia to Ukraine, Hungary could continue to be helped in the same ways. The delegation of Ukraine believes that the governments of Hungary have been only helpful to its development as a country, and the leaders who were not accepted by the population have been replaced accordingly. During these years, Russia has not been violently decreeing rules upon the Hungarian society, and they have only sustained an efficient government.
Furthermore, the refugees that have been entering Ukraine due to this crisis are many, and could pose further problems not only for Ukraine but also for other neighboring countries.
I came across this controversial topic in SPMUN 2015, where Tamara and I represented Ukraine in the Historical Security Council. As Ukraine believed that Russia should continue to help Hungary, my delegation had an important role in the debate, and by working with the Soviet Union and its allies, we were able to write a resolution that addressed the conflict in a timely manner.
As this was my first SPMUN conference, I am happy to note that it was a very constructive use of my time. This captivating experience was amazing because not only did Tamara and I enjoy ourselves whilst debating about disputing conflicts worldwide in the past, but we also had the privilege to understand and determine solutions to these problems.
Overall the experience was extraordinary, and taking part in the Historical Security Council made me learn a lot about topics that I had never heard about before participating in the conference.