Polish farmers to temporarily unblock key Ukraine border crossing — UA Border Guard

Polish farmers on the border with Ukraine
Polish farmers on the border with Ukraine

Polish farmers are planning to temporarily unblock the Krakovets checkpoint with Ukraine, the State Border Guard Service’s spokesman Andriy Demchenko said on national television on March 9.

Polish farmers may end the blockade of the checkpoint by March 13, Demchenko said.

"We will see whether this will be observed, whether they will actually unblock it by the 13th," he said.

About 2,300 trucks were queued in all directions where Polish farmers were blocking the vehicle passage as of the morning of March 9, said Demchenko. The most difficult situation is observed at the Yahodyn and Shehyni checkpoints.

During the past day, trucks were able to enter into Ukraine, while other types of transport were not blocked at the border at all. Humanitarian aid shipments continue to arrive at Ukrainian checkpoints.

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Polish farmers continue to block the movement of trucks at six crossing points: Yahodyn, Ustyluh, Uhryniv, Rava-Ruska, Shehyni, and Krakovets. Protesters completely blocked the movement of trucks at the Shehyni checkpoint on March 1.

Polish protesters began to restrict traffic on the border with Ukraine on Feb. 20. Trucks were blocked at the Medyka-Shehyni, Dołhobyczów-Uhryniv, Zosin-Ustyluh, Korczowa-Krakovets, Hrebenne-Rava-Ruska, and Dorohusk-Yahodyn checkpoints.

The farmers expressed numerous demands, including two main ones: the abolition of duty-free trade with Ukraine and the complete closure of the Ukrainian-Polish border for trucks.

Poland also asked Ukraine to cancel the electronic queue for three checkpoints.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry believes that the blocking of the border by the Poles has no justification, no matter which slogans are used. Polish Minister of Development and Technology Krzysztof Hetman said he supports the farmers who are "protesting for a worthy cause."

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There were reports of restrictions on passenger transportation. A scandal also erupted over a pro-Russian banner on a farm tractor at the border. It read, "Putin, sort out Ukraine, Brussels, and our government". The Polish police announced that the farmer was charged with inciting hatred.

Protesters threw grain out of eight railroad cars carrying Ukrainian agricultural products overnight on Feb. 24-25. This was the fourth incident in recent days. Poland said it was unable to collect all the Ukrainian grain that had fallen out of the railroad cars.

The Ukrainian and Polish sides held talks on the possibility of unblocking the border and taking into account the interests of farmers on Feb. 28.

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