Few hundred Hasidim-pilgrims stay at Ukrainian-Belarusian border

Source : 112 Ukraine

The foreigners try to enter Ukraine, despite the restrictions for the entrance of the foreigners
14:52, 15 September 2020

Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deineko
State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

September 15, Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deineko met the Hasidim at Novi Yarylovychy checkpoint at the border of Ukraine with Belarus, as the service reported.

“Each state has its own laws. The responsibility of each citizen of Ukraine and the foreigners is to observe these laws. I emphasize that it is impossible to cross the border and each person will be held responsible,” Deineko said.

Besides it is reported that the foreign citizens who started to gather at the border to enter Ukraine for pilgrimage, despite the restrictions for the entrance of the foreigners until September 28. The Hasidim continue to stay in the territory of Belarus between the Ukrainian and Belarusian checkpoints.

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The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine specified that a few hundred foreigners stay between the checkpoints. The movement of transport and citizens through Novi Yarylovychy checkpoint is restricted and the border guards redirect the vehicles to other checkpoints.

Currently, the reserves of the Border Guard Service stay at the border with Belarus; the interaction is established with the National Police and National Guard detachments and the Emergency Service rescuers.

Head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deineko also discussed with the heads of the law enforcement detachments the issues of the interaction to provide law and order at the border. The issue was about the joint actions to prevent the provocations and attempts of the illegal entrance to Ukraine by groups of foreigners.

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On August 17, the Cabinet of Ministers and State Commission on human-generated environmental disasters and the emergency situations banned Hasidim pilgrims to visit Uman in 2020.

Earlier, Mayor of Uman Oleksandr Tsebriy stood against the arrival of Hasidim in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The government predicts the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic exactly for September. That is why I stand against the visit of our city by the pilgrims this year,” Tsebriy stated.

Uman Mayor specified that he was ready to block the roads not to allow the arrival of Hasidim pilgrims for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah due to the situation with coronavirus. 

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Besides, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine formed the view that the arrival of the dozens of thousand of Hasidim-pilgrims in Uman for the celebration of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah in the traditional format this year is impossible.

Later, the United Jewish Community of Ukraine stated that there is no official ban from the Ukrainian authorities for the arrival of Hasidim pilgrims in Uman.

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