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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy claims he is ‘counting’ on Israel to sanction Russia

Following his first call with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday that he expects Israel to sanction Russia for its six-month-long deadly war.

“I’ve held the first telephone conversation with the new prime minister of Israel @yairlapid. I count on his country’s accession to the sanctions on Russia and provision of practical assistance to Ukraine in countering the aggression of the Russian Federation,” tweeted Zelenskyy.

Israel has tried to remain neutral between Russia and Ukraine.

In his call, Lapid also called upon citizens of Israel not to travel to the Ukrainian city of Uman for the upcoming High Holidays due to the “life-threatening danger posed by entering the area of fighting.”

Uman is the burial site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov and draws tens of thousands of observant Jews each Rosh Hashanah to pray at his tomb.

Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, one of several claimants to the position of chief rabbi of Ukraine, has also called on Jewish pilgrims to refrain from traveling to Uman.

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