President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone call with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.
The President emphasized the importance of Israel's support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. He expressed gratitude for providing shelter to Ukrainian citizens who fled to Israel as a result of full-scale Russian aggression. The resumption of free health insurance for them in Israel was noted.
The parties discussed possible ways for Israel to support Ukraine in countering Russia's invasion.
The Head of State separately raised the issue of increasing number of denials of entry to Israel to Ukrainian citizens in the context of the visa-free regime between the two countries and emphasized the need to resolve this situation.
Given the upcoming Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and the expected mass arrival of Hasidic pilgrims to Uman, the participants discussed ways to ensure their security.
"Ukraine always welcomes pilgrims with warmth and hospitality and is responsible for their security," the Head of State noted.
The Israeli side estimates that about 50,000 Hasidic pilgrims may arrive in Uman this year. It was emphasized that at present, the bomb shelters at the pilgrimage sites in Uman can accommodate only about 11 thousand people. At the same time, in the context of Russia's full-scale aggression and the constant threat of attacks by Russian missiles and Iranian drones, this year's pilgrimage will be accompanied by high security risks.
"This is a security challenge that requires an urgent joint response," the President emphasized.
The possibility of sending additional Israeli police forces to the pilgrimage sites was also discussed.
The parties exchanged views on the interaction between Ukraine and Israel in the international arena.