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The current border was established after World War II when Zakarpattia Oblast was admitted into Ukraine, which at the time was part of the Soviet Union as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The border stretches for 136.7 km (84.9 mi) along the Tisza river valley.
After the admission of Hungary to the European Union, the border security became the responsibility of the union, as well.
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- ICPDR (2008). Analysis of the Tisza River Basin 2007 (PDF) (Report). ICPDR – International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River.