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Polish farmers announce Ukraine border blockade

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After a long break, Polish farmers have once again announced a blockade of the cargo at the Rava-Ruska-Hrebenne checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, according to the State Customs Service.

The Poles plan to start the blockade at 10:00 a.m. on June 4, Kyiv time, until the afternoon of June 6.

It is expected to result in a possible complete stop of truck traffic leaving Ukraine.

"The Polish side will allow no more than 24 trucks per day (two runs of 12 trucks each) and up to 4 trucks per hour with humanitarian cargo to enter Ukraine," the statement said.

Polish farmers block Ukraine border

Polish farmers have begun blockading the border with Ukraine because of the influx of Ukrainian grain, which, according to the Poles, lowers prices for their products and makes them less competitive. Farmers in Poland claim that this negatively affects their income, as Ukrainian grain is sold at lower prices, reducing the value of local products.

This has caused significant tension between farmers and the Polish government, affecting economic relations with Ukraine.

At the end of April this year, Polish farmers unblocked the Rava-Ruska checkpoint on the border with Ukraine to allow trucks to pass through. Trucks transporting grain crops were still not allowed to enter Poland.