Some of the pilgrims had traveled to the Novi Yarylovychi border crossing believing it was open, which was not the case, Israel Public Broadcasting tweeted. Ukrainian authorities said foreigners were warned about the border closure.
Ukraine’s border guard service said 690 pilgrims had gathered along the border by Tuesday, and the agency’s director, Serhiy Deyneko, said more were expected on charter flights arriving in Belarus. Belarusian media reported another number of pilgrims at the border, saying about 1,500 had already arrived.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the border closure would be enforced until it expires on September 28. The country has reported nearly 20,000 new virus cases over the past week, bringing the total to more than 1
Reporting was contributed by Sarah Almukhtar, Matt Apuzzo, Emma Bubola, Emily Cochrane, Nicholas Fandos, Antonella Francini, Rick Gladstone, Jennifer Jett, Anemona Hartocollis, Eric Lipton, Salman Masood, Donald G.McNeil Jr., Constant Méheut, Claire Moses, Eshe Nelson, Norimitsu Onishi, Gaia Pianigiani, Roni Caryn Rabin, Campbell Robertson, Amanda Rosa, Christopher F. Schuetze, Michael D. Shear, Jeanna Smialek, Eileen Sullivan, Glenn Thrush, Maria Varenikova, Sui-Lee Wee, Ceylan Yeginsu and Elaine Yu.