About 460 Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine have so far been evacuated to neighboring countries against the backdrop of a military conflict between Ukraine and Russia, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The foreign ministry’s citizen protection team has been coordinating with Vietnamese representative agencies in Ukraine and neighboring countries to evacuate Vietnamese citizens from conflict areas.
As of Wednesday afternoon, most Vietnamese citizens who had been living in Kyiv and Odessa, as well as hundreds of others who had been living Kharkiv, have been moved to nearby nations.
Among them, 140 moved to Warsaw, Poland; 70 headed to Romania; and about 30 went to Hungary.
Approximately 220 others traveled to Moldova and are preparing to depart for Romania.
Vietnamese representative agencies have been assisting the citizens in completing the necessary procedures for their entry and transit.
They have also been coordinating with local authorities and Vietnamese people’s associations in the host countries to provide temporary accommodations and essential items for the evacuated citizens.
The foreign ministry and relevant authorities have submitted an evacuation plan to Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and will coordinate with airlines to arrange repatriation flights under an appropriate road map.
In a dispatch issued on Saturday, PM Chinh directed designated agencies to coordinate in protecting and moving all Vietnamese citizens and legal entities away from Ukrainian areas being affected by the ongoing tension.
Around 7,000 Vietnamese are living in Ukraine, mainly in Kharkiv, Odessa, and Kyiv, the dispatched noted.
During the United Nations General Assembly’s emergency special session on Ukraine on Tuesday, Vietnam affirmed its consistent stance on settling international disputes by peaceful means and in accordance with international law, as well as calling for dialogue and protection of civilians.
Russia began attacking Ukraine on February 24, saying it wanted to demilitarize and denazify the neighboring country.