Some pilgrims had gone to the Novi Yarylovychi border crossing believing it was open, which was not the case, Israel Public Broadcasting tweeted. Ukrainian authorities said foreigners were warned of the border closure.
The Ukrainian border guard service said 690 pilgrims had gathered along the border by Tuesday, and the agency’s director, Serhiy Deyneko, said more is expected on charter flights arriving in Belarus. The Belarusian media reported a different number of pilgrims to the border, claiming that around 1
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the border closure will apply until the September 28 deadline. The country has reported nearly 20,000 new cases of the virus in the past week, bringing the total to over 160,000, according to a Times database.
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