Border guards placed several barricades in the helmet and body armor, preventing them from entering the country. Ukraine has been closed to foreigners since August.
The pilgrims have been given food and water, the Ukrainian Border Service said.
Avram Shapira, an Israeli pilgrim living on the border with his children, told CNN that he had booked a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Kiev four weeks earlier, as he had heard that the border would be closed.
When he got to the airport, he said, the flight was canceled and he booked new tickets to Kiev via London. In London, their next flight was also canceled, but they were able to book tickets for Belarus.
He praised the government of Belarus for providing “all the services” required by the pilgrims crossing the border, saying that the Belarusians offered to bring the pilgrims directly to Uman, stay two days, and provide buses to return to Belarus.
Shapira said the group “will not see any citizens of Ukraine. It is not a threat to anyone. I come to pray for the world, I do not come to pray only for me.”
President Alexander Lukashenko’s press secretary, Natalia Eisma, said, “Our country is ready to take responsibility for all these actions and will certainly conduct this process as safely as possible, as it will not affect the situation with Kovid’s disease rate.” Will do. ” a statement.