Over Rosh Hashanah, in the Ukrainian city of Uman, an estimated 45,000 Yidden gathered to daven at the kever of Rav Nachman of Breslov.
A tragic incident unfolded today when a 55-year-old Israeli citizen collapsed right in front of Rav Nachman’s kever. Despite the swift response of emergency medical teams, their efforts proved futile, and the man was declared deceased shortly thereafter.
The niftar was identified as David Mirashvili from Netanya. Israel’s Foreign Ministry is actively engaged in facilitating the return of his body.
In a separate incident, Ukrainian authorities detained four Israeli nationals on Thursday, apprehending them for drug possession as they crossed into the city of Vinnytsia from Moldova. Both the Israeli consulate in Uman and the Foreign Ministry have initiated efforts to address this legal matter, according to sources.
In a different turn of events, an additional three Israeli citizens found themselves in Ukrainian custody near Vinnytsia due to their involvement in a fatal car accident that claimed the life of an Israeli woman.
Recognizing the surge in visitors, Ukraine took steps to bolster security by deploying more than 1,000 police officers in the vicinity.
These mass gatherings occurred despite Ukraine’s Ambassador to Israel, Yevgen Korniychuk, hinting at the possibility of restricting visitors in response to Israel’s immigration policy for Ukrainians. Moreover, the backdrop of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent warnings against travel to the war-torn nation did not deter the visitors.