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Nearly 1,400 Vietnamese citizens safely repatriated from Ukraine

VIETNAM NEWS/ASIA NEWS NETWORK – Nearly 1,400 Vietnamese people have been safely evacuated to Vietnam from conflict-hit Ukraine on fight repatriation flights so far, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced at a press briefing on Thursday.

Responding to reporters’ queries on some alleged issues with regards to citizen protection efforts in Ukraine, ministry spokesperson Lê Thi Thu Hang stressed the safeguarding of security, and safety of lives and properties of Vietnamese citizens in Ukraine, is the highest priority of the Vietnamese Communist Party, State, and Government.

As soon as tense developments surrounding the situation in Ukraine appeared, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chính on February 26 issued Official Letter 201, touching on the protection of Vietnamese citizens and legal entities and a number of issues of concern.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Son has held a series of phone calls with his counterparts in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, and handed over letters to the Polish foreign minister.

Meetings have also been held with relevant countries’ ambassadors in Vietnam to request support and obtain commitments guaranteeing maximum security and safety for Vietnamese citizens and their families.

These efforts have created the conditions for Vietnamese citizens and their families to evacuate, as well as the facilitation of repatriation flights.

Spokesperson Hang affirmed that in the context of the rapidly evolving and complicated situation in Ukraine and surrounding countries, Vietnamese ministries and representative agencies in the region have made great efforts to urgently arrange repatriation flights to bring Vietnamese people and their families back home, as well as provide support to resolve problems, ensuring transparency with the priority on the elderly, children, pregnant women and persons with disabilities.

A woman welcomes her son from Ukraine. His flight was the third repatriation flight bringing Vietnamese citizens who fled to Romania from Ukraine. PHOTO: VNA/VNS