Ukrainian authorities on Wednesday accused their Belarusian counterparts of giving the pilgrims false hope. They had “believed rumors” about entering Ukraine despite strict coronavirus travel restrictions, according to Kyiv.
Tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews head to the central Ukrainian town of Uman every Jewish New Year — which is between September 18 to 20 this year — to visit the tomb of Rabbi Nachman, the founder of Breslov Hasidism.
Ukraine has banned foreigners from entering until late September because of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
The believers ignored warnings from the Ukrainian and Israeli governments and attempted to bypass the restrictions by traveling via Belarus.