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2nd flight carrying Vietnamese fleeing Ukraine arrives in Hanoi

By Viet Anh, Son Ha   March 9, 2022 | 06:37 pm PT
A Bamboo Airways flight carrying nearly 300 Vietnamese nationals who had fled Ukraine for Poland landed in Hanoi early on Thursday.

They included seniors, children, pregnant women, people with illnesses and students, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Nguyen Hai Yen, 36, was on the flight with nine family members.

Holding her two-year-old daughter, Yen burst out in tears upon arriving at Noi Bai Airport.

Their family had left everything behind in Kharkiv, Ukraine, taking a 24-hour train ride to Warsaw to fly to Vietnam.

"We're going to stay in our hometown in Hanoi's Nam Tu Liem District. We will consider going back depending on the situation in Ukraine," Yen said.

A Vietnamese woman and her daughter at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport after a rescue flight from Poland carrying people fleeing Ukraine arrived on March 10, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

Nguyen Hai Yen and her daughter at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport after a rescue flight from Poland carrying people fleeing Ukraine arrived on March 10, 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy

Thursday flight was the second operated by the government to evacuate Vietnamese citizens from the danger zone in Ukraine.

The first with 287 people had arrived in Hanoi on March 8.

Vietnam's missions in Ukraine's neighboring countries continue to register citizens wishing to return home, including 600 in Romania and 400 in Poland.

As of March 9 nearly 4,000 Vietnamese had evacuated from Ukraine, with more than 2,400 people going to Poland, 830 to Romania, 560 to Hungary, and 100 to Slovakia.

 
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