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All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans declares support for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims

Rosie Nguyen Rosie Nguyen

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May 27, 2021 | 07:14

A Ukrainian veterans union has announced its deep solidarity with Vietnamese Agent Orange victims in a legal battle against 14 multinational chemical corporations

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All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans declares support for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
The declaration by the All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans

In a statement sent to the Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine, the Vietnam Veterans Association, Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin in Vietnam and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations has show its support for Vietnamese in a case against sveral multinational chemical corporations.

“The All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans organizes veterans of World War II, local wars, Ukrainian peacekeepers and those engaged in counter-terrorism. The union has represented Ukraine in the World Veterans Federation for more than 27 years," the statement said. "The International Federation of Resistance Fighters and Soldiers of Peace International Association effectively cooperates with the Vietnam Veterans Association in Ukraine, led by Nguyen Van Loan."

"Today, we reaffirm our solidarity in the lawsuit filed by Tran To Nga and the Vietnamese victims against the chemical companies that produced Agent Orange/dioxin during the Vietnam War. Hundreds of thousands of tons of Agent Orange/dioxin were sprayed on Vietnam by U.S. aircraft and left heavy consequences for the Vietnamese people.”

The declaration of the All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans shows the concern of Ukrainian veterans for the Vietnamese Agent Orange/dioxin victims, as well as international solidarity of the two peoples.

Nguyen Van Loan, president of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Ukraine, has been following information on the lawsuit of Tran To Ngaand all the Vietnamese Agent Orange victims against 14 multinational chemical corporations in the Vietnam Times and other international media.

"The All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans, a friend of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Ukraine realizes that the judgment of a court in Paris once again ignores millions of Vietnamese people," Nguyen Van Loan said "The people so far are still suffering the heavy consequences of the chemical warfare carried out by the U.S. military during the Vietnam war. Therefore, the All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans has voiced its support for the Vietnamese Agent Orange victims."

All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans declares support for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
Tran To Nga walks with Vietnamese Agent Orange victims.

According to Chairman Nguyen Van Loan, the All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans is a friend of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Ukraine and the Vietnamese people. The two sides have built a friendly relationship. There have been many meetings and exchanges between leaders and veterans of the two countries.

Currently,, there are 518 former military advisors and experts in the All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans who have helped Vietnam during the war. Events organized by the embassy and Association of Vietnam veterans in Ukraine invite representatives of former members to attend, and gifts are sent to them on solemn holidays.

The Association of Vietnam veterans in Ukraine together with the Ukrainian Union of war veterans had successfully organized the "Meeting of Ukraine and Vietnam veterans" in 2017 and 2018, with more than 100 veterans of the two countries attending each time..

All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans declares support for Vietnamese Agent Orange victims
The All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans is a friend of the Vietnam Veterans Association in Ukraine.

Vietnam veterans also participate in activities organized by the Association of Ukraine veterans such as the Soldier Song programs, the workshop on 70 years of Ukrainian participation in the war and world events.

On the occasion of "Ukrainian Veterans Day," in 2019, Vietnam Veterans Association in Ukraine and All Ukrainian Union of War Veterans organized a visit to Rollton fast food factory invested by Vietnamese in Ukraine for 30 Ukrainian veterans.

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