Minister of Higher Education, Minister of Water of Israel Ze’ev Elkin asked the Hasidim pilgrims who got stuck at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border to return home. He stated this on Twitter.
“Despite many efforts aiming to help the Israelis who try to enter Ukraine through Belarus or Moldova, today in the morning, the Ukrainian authority provides the final negative response. The Ukrainians announced that they will not allow the entrance through the checkpoint. I urge all our citizens to return to Israel and follow the instructions on the isolation after the return,” the message said.
According to 5 TV channel, citing Spokesperson of State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko, almost 1,000 Hasidim pilgrims stay at Novi Yarylovychy checkpoint in Chernihiv region.
“We do not rule out that some citizens left; however, some people continue to arrive. They are constantly informed about the restriction acting in Ukraine on the ban for the entrance of the foreigners; however, they do not leave the site and hope, possibly, that they will be admitted to the territory of Ukraine,” Demchenko said.
Because of the closure of Novi Yarylovychy checkpoint, a few hundreds of cars gathered at Vystupovychy checkpoint in Zhytomyr region.
About 1,000 Hasidim pilgrims try to enter the territory of Ukraine, despite the restriction for entrance of foreigners.
Later, the Novi Yarylovychi checkpoint in the Chernihiv region was closed.
Besides, the office of the President of Ukraine appealed to the Belarusian authorities with a request to stop the spread of encouraging statements about the possibility of crossing the Ukrainian border among Hasidic pilgrims stuck on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.