Some pilgrims crossing the Novi Yarlovichi border believed it was open, which was not the case, Israel Public Broadcasting Tweeted. Ukrainian officials said that foreigners were warned about closing the border.
Ukraine’s Border Guard Service said 690 pilgrims had gathered at the border by Tuesday, and agency director Serhi Deneko said more was expected on charter flights arriving in Belarus. Belarusian media reported a different number of pilgrims on the border, saying that around 1,500 had already arrived.
According to the Times’ database, Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that the border closure would be implemented until it expires on 28 September. In the last one week, about 20,000 new virus cases have been reported in the country.
Reporting includes Sarah Almuhtar, Matt Apuzzo, Emma Bubola, Emily Cochrane, Nicholas Fandos, Antonella Francini, Rick Gladstone, Jennifer Jett, Anamona Hartokolis, Eric Lipton, Salman Masood, Donald G. McNeil Jr., Constant Mehet, contributed. Eshe Nelson, Norimitsu Onishi, Gaia Pianigiani, Roni Caryn Rabin, Campbell Robertson, Amanda Rosa, Christopher F. Schuetze, Michael D. Shear, Jeanin Smialek, Eileen Sullivan, Glenn Thrush, Maria Varenikova, Sui-Lee-We-C-We -C-We-C u.