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300 more Vietnamese repatriated from Ukraine

300 more Vietnamese repatriated from Ukraine

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 11:37 GMT+7
300 more Vietnamese repatriated from Ukraine
Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Another flight carrying 300 Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Thursday morning.

Flight QH9066 operated by Bamboo Airways arrived in Hanoi at 6:20 am, about 11 hours after departing from Warsaw, Poland.

The Vietnamese nationals on board had previously evacuated from Ukraine to Poland.

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

“Our journey to Poland was very arduous,” said Vu Thi Bang, 60, originally from northern Vietnam’s Nam Dinh Province.

“We had to stand on a train for more than eight hours in minus 10 degrees Celsius,” Bang said, adding that her family had to leave most of their belongings behind.

Bang also expressed relief that she was able to return home and thanked Vietnamese authorities, Vietnamese airlines, and the Vietnamese community in Poland for their support.

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Le Thi Anh Dao, originally from Hanoi, said it took her two days to travel from Ukraine to Poland.

Dao had been staying at a refugee camp before returning to Vietnam on the repatriation flight. 

She said the situation in Ukraine is the most difficult she has experienced since moving to the country in 1988.  

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

This is the second repatriation flight for Vietnamese evacuees from Ukraine. All costs were covered by the state.

The first flight, operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines, carried 287 passengers from Romania on Monday and landed in Hanoi on Tuesday.

About 7,000 Vietnamese people live in Ukraine, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Vietnamese children from Ukraine rest after arriving at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese children from Ukraine rest after arriving at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

By 4:00 pm on Wednesday, nearly 4,000 Vietnamese had left Ukraine for Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia, the Vietnam News Agency quoted Vietnamese representative agencies as saying.

Poland has so far received more than 2,400 Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine.

Russia began attacking Ukraine on February 24, saying it wanted to demilitarize and denazify the neighboring country.

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese citizens from Ukraine arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese evacuee from Ukraine passes through immigration at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A Vietnamese evacuee from Ukraine passes through immigration at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, March 10, 2022. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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