Despite all the warnings, more than 300 Hasidim have already arrived in Uman on the eve of Rosh Hashanah
This is reported by UNN, citing the city mayor Iryna Pletniova.
She added that the guests were not expected and asked not to come because of the war.
"About a little more than 300 (Hasidim – Ed.) arrived. We didn't wait for them, and we don't quite wait, and we ask them thousands of times not to go because the situation is not good at all. They should not go and endanger both themselves and our residents," Pletnyova said.
She also noted that she has no right to prohibit Hasidim from coming.
Lately, the speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, reported that Ukraine would not be able to receive pilgrims this year to celebrate Rosh Hashanah because of the war started by Russia.
"The government intends to ban Hasidic pilgrimage visits to Uman because of Russian strikes. This can be extremely dangerous," he said.
According to Ukraine's Ambassador to the state of Israel, Yevhen Korniychuk, a Russian rocket that hit an Infrastructure Facility near the city of Uman could have caused many deaths during a Hasidic pilgrimage in the month of Tishrei. Therefore, the state of Ukraine, against which Russia continues its armed aggression, cannot guarantee the protection and security of Jews who traditionally come to pray at the grave of Rabbi Nachman in Uman on Roshga Shan.
Earlier the Ukrainian Embassy in Israel also called on its citizens to refrain from visiting Ukraine.
Rosh Hashanah falls on September 25-27 this year. Every year, from 30 to 50 thousand pilgrims from different countries come to Uman to celebrate the Jewish New Year.