Zelensky had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu


About this informs Office of the President of Ukraine.

Zelensky noted the importance of Israel’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He thanked for providing shelter to the citizens of Ukraine who left for Israel as a result of the full-scale Russian aggression. He noted the restoration of free health insurance for them.

The parties discussed possible ways of Israel’s support for Ukraine in countering Russia’s invasion.

The Ukrainian leader raised the issue of increasing the number of refusals for Ukrainian citizens to enter Israel under the visa-free regime between the two countries and emphasized the need to correct this situation.

In view of the approach of the Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah – and the expected mass arrival of Hasidic pilgrims to Uman, ways of organizing their security were discussed.

According to Israeli estimates, about 50,000 Hasidic pilgrims may arrive in Uman this year.

The Ukrainian president emphasized that currently bomb shelters in places of pilgrimage in Uman can accommodate only about 11,000 people.

At the same time, in the conditions of full-scale Russian aggression and the constant threat of strikes by Russian missiles and Iranian drones, this year’s pilgrimage will be accompanied by high security risks.

“This is a security challenge that requires an urgent joint response,” the president said.

The parties discussed the possibility of sending additional Israeli police forces to places of pilgrimage.

There was also an exchange of views on the interaction between Ukraine and Israel in the international arena.

  • On August 10, the Embassy of Ukraine in Israel reportedthe country’s government stopped funding the program of free medical insurance and services for Ukrainian refugees.
  • On August 14, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba discussed with his Israeli colleague Eli Cohen the cancellation of health insurance for Ukrainians. Kuleba noted that this problem will be solved in the near future.
  • The Ambassador of Israel to Ukraine, Michael Brodsky, announced on Friday, August 18, that the country has extended medical insurance for Ukrainian refugees until the end of 2023.
  • On August 23, the Ministry of Health of Israel sent several tons of medicines to the Ukrainian military as humanitarian aid. The cost of the transferred medicines reaches 100 million hryvnias.

Fuente: espreso.tv


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