The State Border Service does not intend to allow 1,000 Hasidic pilgrims who are on the border with Belarus to enter Ukraine. Speaker of the State Border Service Andriy Demchenko stated this, Ukrainian News agency reports.
"On what basis (to let it in)?” Demchenko said.
According to him, there is a decision of the Cabinet of Ministers to close the Novi Yarylovychi checkpoint in the Chernihiv region. He added that no additional decisions were made on the entry of foreigners, in particular Hasidim.
As we reported before, 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.
Earlier, on September 15, the Ukrainian border guards spotted the arrival of significant groups of foreigners near Dolsk checkpoint in Volyn region.
Head of the Service Serhiy Deineko arrived at the site and checked the reserve force involved for the provision of the order and prevention of the violations at the state border.