A woman walks next to an exploded shell in Krasnyi Pakhar village near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine. Photo credit: Reuters
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ordered the Vietnamese embassy in Ukraine to keep a close watch on the fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine and take measures to ensure safety for the Vietnamese community there.
Spokesperson Le Hai Binh said at a press briefing Wednesday that the embassy has also been ordered to evacuate Vietnamese citizens from dangerous areas.
So far, there have been no Vietnamese casualties caused by the armed conflict in Ukraine’s embattled Donbass region, according to Binh.
The embassy has coordinated with Vietnamese associations to take measures to ensure safety of Vietnamese lives and assets and handle requests for support, especially to quickly help those who want to return home, he said.
Around 7,000 Vietnamese nationals are living in Ukraine.
More than 5,000 people have been killed since last April during the conflict in war-torn eastern Ukraine, according to United Nations estimates. More than a million people have been displaced.
A ceasefire agreed as part of a peace deal signed in September has been repeatedly violated by both the Ukrainian military and pro-Russia forces, according to media reports.