Polish farmers lift blockade at major Ukraine border crossing after truck traffic halted

Polish farmers have unblocked the Shehyni-Medyka checkpoint
Polish farmers have unblocked the Shehyni-Medyka checkpoint

Polish farmers ended their protest at the Shehyni-Medyka checkpoint, and truck traffic has resumed there, the State Border Guard Service reported on Feb. 10.

The protest ended at about 11:30 a.m.

According to the State Border Guard Service, 220 trucks are waiting to enter Ukraine. Vehicle registration and passage in both directions is being carried out as usual.

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The Poles said on Feb. 2 that they had "lost their patience" and would launch a nationwide strike on Feb. 9, blocking the border with Ukraine.

The Yahodyn-Dorohusk checkpoint was to be blocked from 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 9 due to a strike by Polish farmers.

Polish farmers announced that they would block another checkpoint, Zosyn-Ustyluh on Feb. 12.

Polish farmers also said that starting from Feb. 9 they would prevent the unloading of agricultural products from Ukraine at the Hrubieszów–Volodymyr-Volynskyi checkpoint.

Read also: Polish government reaches agreement with truckers, ending border blockade

Starting from approximately 10:00 a.m. EET time on Feb. 12, the passage of trucks is expected to slow down to approximately 3-4 trucks per hour at the Uhryniv-Dołhobyczów checkpoint. Buses and personal vehicles will be allowed to cross as usual. There may be traffic restrictions at a number of checkpoints: Dorohusk - Yahodyn, Hrebenne - Rava-Ruska, Medyka - Shehyni, Zosin - Ustyluh, and Dołhobyczów - Uhryniv.

The European Union is preparing a draft resolution extending duty-free trade with Ukraine until June 2025, rejecting Poland's proposal to reintroduce tariffs on some "sensitive products."

Instead, Poland is demanding that a "safeguard clause" be introduced for Ukrainian products, which provides for the possibility of applying regional safeguard measures if a market problem affects not the entire EU but one member state or region.

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