President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine and the Head of the State Border Service discussed measures to ensure order on the border with Belarus due to the mass arrival of Hasidic pilgrims

15 September 2020 - 11:55

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Head of the State Border Service of Ukraine Serhiy Deyneko discussed the situation on the state border with the Republic of Belarus due to the arrival of a large number of Hasidic pilgrims. The situation on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border is completely under control. The State Border Service has enough forces and means for reliable protection of the state border.

According to the State Border Service of Ukraine, pilgrims began arriving from Belarus at 3:30 p.m. on September 14. Ukrainian border guards, in coordination with the National Guard and the National Police, set up a barrier on the border line 700 meters from the Novi Yarylovychi checkpoint.

According to Serhiy Deyneko, foreigners were given an explanation about the ban on entering Ukraine in accordance with the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers.

As of 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, there are 690 citizens on the Belarusian border.

"We predict the arrival of up to a thousand people to the border line in the Chernihiv region, up to 700 people in the Zhytomyr region, and up to 1,500 people in the Volyn region. We expect three charter flights to arrive in Minsk - about 600 foreigners," Serhiy Deyneko said.

The reserves of the National Academy of the State Border Service of Ukraine and the Sumy Border Detachment have been involved to reinforce the protection of the Belarusian section.

Mi-8 helicopter, two H-125s, DA-40 aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles are also involved in border monitoring.

The State Border Service of Ukraine organized cooperation with the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus and maintains contact with the Embassy of Israel in Ukraine, as well as rabbis of Jewish religious organizations that provide water and kosher food to the Hasidim.

The situation on the border with the Republic of Belarus is under control.