The first evacuation flight carried 287 overseas Vietnamese who lived in Ukraine. They fled to Romania. The flight landed at Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) on March 7 after nearly 11 hours of on sky.
The first flight took off at 19:35 (23:35 Hanoi time zone, UTC +7) on March 7 from Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest (the capital of Romania), according to Vietnam News Agency – VNA.
The plane carried 287 Vietnamese, four more than originally planned, including 85 children under 12 years old.
According to the announcement of Vietnam Airlines, flight number VN88 landed safely at Noi Bai international airport at 11:30 am (UTC +7).
Vietnamese expatriates evacuated from Ukraine and exited at the airport of Bucharest – Romania’s capital
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on March 8 that overseas Vietnamese returning home at this time are evacuees from Ukraine to Romania, passing through Moldova.
The Vietnamese Embassy welcomed citizens moving from Moldova to two gathering points in Bucharest and to the airport, coordinated with the Vietnamese expatriates in Romania to arrange transportation, accommodation. Provide essential items before boarding the plane.
The Vietnamese Embassy and Vietnamese expatriates in Romania also support overseas Vietnamese to complete customs procedures and issue passports at the airport, because many people lost or do not have passports during the evacuation.
Mr. Pham Duy Hung, vice president of the Vietnamese expatriates in Romania, expressed his joy when overseas Vietnamese were able to return to homeland Vietnam.
“Today I see that the mood of my people is better than in the early days in Moldova. We have also done all we can,” he said.
By March 7, the number of Vietnamese evacuated from Ukraine to Bucharest had tended to decrease.
- The second flight carrying 270 citizens, depart from Warsaw, Poland on March 9,
- And the third from Bucharest (Romania) on March 10.
According to the update of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam, as of 6 pm on March 7:
- 2200 Vietnamese evacuated from Ukraine were picked up by the Vietnam embassy in Poland.
- 830 people in Romania,
- 310 people in Hungary,
- more than 100 people in Slovakia,
- and about 20 in Russia.
Before the war, there were nearly 7000 Vietnamese living, working, and studying in Ukraine. They stayed since the Soviet Union because at that time Ukraine was a socialist country like Vietnam.
Vietnamese people gather in some big cities such as:
- Kyiv (about 800 people),
- Kharkiv (Kharkov) (about 3000 people),
- Odessa (about 3000 people)
- and some other cities like Kherson, Donetsk, Lviv.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on March 6 that the military operation would end when the Kyiv government surrenders and accepts all of Moscow’s demands.
Russia and Ukraine held the third round of talks on March 7 but continued to fail.
The fourth round will be scheduled.
Vietnamese people in Ukraine and Eastern European countries can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Vietnam embassies in the following countries, or register via the link.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam: +84-965411118, +84-981848484; Email: [email protected]
- Embassy of Vietnam in Ukraine: +380 (63) 8638999
- Embassy of Vietnam in Russia: +79916821617
- Embassy of Vietnam in Poland: 0048782257359
- Embassy of Vietnam in Romania: 0040744645037
- Embassy of Vietnam in Slovakia: +421 2 5245 1263, +421 915 419 568.