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Hasidic pilgrims leave trash, resentment on Ukraine border as standoff wanes

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Jewish pilgrims left piles of trash on the Ukrainian border with Belarus after they abandoned the site having camped out for several days following Kiev’s refusal to allow them entry in line with coronavirus rules, pictures showed on Friday.

The Ukrainian deputy interior minister Anton Gerashchenko posted photos of the garbage on Facebook, the Ynet news site reported, saying the mess would need to be cleared up after Belarus allowed the pilgrims to reach the border with Ukraine.

“Thank you to the border guards for your work on the border. Despite significant psychological pressure, you did your duty. We warned Belarus that the pilgrims could not reach Ukraine. We asked the Belarussians not to let the pilgrims enter their territory. They did not listen to us and now we will have to clean up,” he wrote.

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