Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the morning of May 1, 2022, said that Vietnam will provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine through international organizations in the amount of $ 500,000 after more than two months of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.
Chinh’s announcement was made during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and was reported by state-controlled newspapers.
For comparison, this amount is equal to the value of medical equipment that Hanoi sent to Beijing in February 2020 to deal with the COVID-19 epidemic.
Meanwhile, the Red Cross Society of China announced to provide humanitarian assistance worth $2.37 million in two times to Ukraine.
Taiwan has donated $20 million to refugees, mostly from the public, and it plans to disburse another $12 million.
Vietnam openly took a neutral stance in the Russia-Ukraine war and avoided calling it a war of aggression.
Vietnam twice abstained from resolutions against the invasion of Russia and once against a resolution to remove Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council.
During the war, online commentators working for Vietnam’s government have regularly been publishing pro-Russian news, articles, and images, calling Ukraine neo-Nazi.
There are some influential Vietnamese in the country on Facebook, even condemning the Vietnamese for donating money to help Ukraine and calling it an act of raising money for the fascists.
Many news, articles, and images of public opinion on Facebook have been identified by Radio Free Asia as fake news and distortion.