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Poland renews blockade at sixth Ukraine border checkpoint, thousands of trucks queue

Poland renews blockade at sixth Ukraine border checkpoint, thousands of trucks queue Photo: spokesman of the State Border Service of Ukraine Andrii Demchenko (mediacenter org ua)

Polish farmers have resumed their protest at the Ustyluh-Zosin checkpoint on the border with Ukraine. About 2400 trucks are lined up in queues to enter Ukraine, according to the spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Andrii Demchenko.

According to him, the blockade by Polish farmers continues at six checkpoints. Farmers have resumed protests at the Ustyluh-Zosin checkpoint, which was unblocked yesterday.

"On all these routes combined, as of this morning, there are nearly 2400 trucks. Most of them are opposite the checkpoints at Krakivets, Rava-Ruska, and Yahodyn. Indeed, yesterday, at the Ustyluh checkpoint, there was a symbolic refusal to block the movement of trucks. Overall, we have seen some liveliness, but it does not affect the situation," the spokesman said.

Demchenko added that currently, Polish protesters are not blocking the movement of buses and cars at any of the checkpoints.

Escalation between Ukraine and Poland

It is worth noting that since November 2023, Poland has been blocking the Ukrainian border. Initially, it was the carriers protesting, and later they were joined by farmers. In January, the border was temporarily unblocked, but in February, protests on the Polish-Ukrainian border resumed.

Farmers are blocking checkpoints, and recently, Ukrainian grain has been dumped at the border. Three similar incidents have already been recorded.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk stated that Poland will designate border crossings with Ukraine, as well as sections of roads and railways, as critical infrastructure objects. This will allow the removal of barriers at the border for the delivery of weapons and humanitarian aid.