US warns its citizens not to head to Ukraine’s Uman for Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

A worshiper prays at the gravestone of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the town of Uman, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Ukraine's capital Kyiv, Ukraine, September 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A worshiper prays at the gravestone of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov in the town of Uman, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Ukraine's capital Kyiv, Ukraine, September 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

The US Embassy in Jerusalem broadcasts a State Department message warning its citizens against travel to Uman for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday, saying the Ukrainian city “has been the site of multiple Russian missile attacks as recent as June.”

The State Department’s travel advisory for all of Ukraine is Level 4: Do Not Travel.

“The US Department of State recommends that US citizens do not travel to Ukraine,” reads the warning. “This recommendation applies to US citizens considering travel to Uman during Rosh Hashanah for the pilgrimage to the grave of Rebbe Nachman.”

“The US Embassy in Kyiv continues to operate with reduced staffing and has limited capacity to assist US citizens in Ukraine.”

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