Situation of Vietnamese in eastern Ukraine is 'stable': foreign ministry spokeswoman

By Viet Anh   February 23, 2022 | 06:00 pm PT
Situation of Vietnamese in eastern Ukraine is 'stable': foreign ministry spokeswoman
People cross the contact line between pro-Moscow rebels and Ukrainian troops as Ukrainian border guard guards in the settlement of Stanytsia Luhanska, Ukraine, February 23, 2022. Photo by Reuters/Gleb Garanich
The situation of around 100 Vietnamese nationals living in Donetsk and Lugansk is "fundamentally stable," Vietnamese foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said Wednesday.

On Feb 21 Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, and ordered his army to launch a peacekeeping operation in the area.

The Vietnamese embassy in Ukraine is in regular contact with the Vietnamese community in the country, and has plans in place to safeguard Vietnamese citizens in case of necessity.

Its officers are available 24/24 on a hotline to receive sudden requests for assistance.

People who need help can contact the embassy’s citizen protection hotline at +380 (63) 863 8999 or the consular department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at +84-981-848-484.

The ministry has asked the embassy to request local authorities to take measures to ensure the personal safety and properties of Vietnamese nationals and businesses.

Vietnam is following the recent "tense developments" in Ukraine and called on related parties to exercise restraint, strengthen dialogue and promote diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve disagreements on the basis of respecting the United Nations Charter and basic principles of international law, Hang said.

This would contribute to ensuring peace, security and stability in the region and around the world, she said.

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