2020-09-15 20:00:00

Tents set up for Hasidic pilgrims gathering on Belarus' border with Ukraine

Minsk, September 15, Interfax - All conditions will be created for the Hasidic pilgrims who are "stuck" on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, Gomel Regional Administration head Gennady Solovey said.

"The regional administration made a decision to assist the pilgrims. We're setting up modules and tents. The decision on additional delivery of food was also made. We will be able to provide meals to about 900 people," the BelTA state-run news agency cited Solovey as saying.

The region's social organizations showed an initiative and set up stations providing heat and meals for the pilgrims, he said. Volunteers of the Red Cross and employees of the Gomel regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry are also helping them and a kitchen truck is due to arrive.

As reported, hundreds of Hasidic pilgrims wishing to get to Ukraine's Uman city to celebrate Rosh Hashanah have gathered near the Novi Yarylovychi-Novaya Guta checkpoint.

Belarusian border guard let the pilgrims out of the country, but they were not allowed to enter the territory of Ukraine due to the restrictions on foreign citizens and stateless persons' entry into the country imposed in order to counter the coronavirus spread.

The Belarusian State Border Committee said earlier on Tuesday that more than 700 people, including over 100 children, have gathered at the Novi Yarylovychi-Novaya Guta checkpoint in anticipation of being allowed to enter Ukraine.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered to help the Hasidim who are "stuck" in the neutral zone at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.

Ukraine, in turn, requested that Belarus do not allow the Hasidic pilgrims to cross the border.

"In order to prevent the illegal entry of groups of foreigners to Ukraine, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has requested that Belarus not process the documents of persons for whom exceptions don't apply, permitting them entry into Ukraine," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday.