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Polish protesters tried to block railroad on border with Ukraine

Polish protesters tried to block railroad on border with Ukraine Polish farmers protest on the border with Ukraine (photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Polish farmers protesting on the border with Ukraine tried to block the work of the railroad at the Dorohusk checkpoint today, reports the State Customs Service of Ukraine.

At 9 a.m. today, Polish farmers blocked truck traffic in both directions at the Dorohusk checkpoint. In addition, despite promises to allow perishable, dangerous or humanitarian cargo, the protesters did not allow any truck to cross the border.

After that, from 15:30 to 17:30, the protesters tried to block the railroad tracks, but were prevented by the police.

"At present, train traffic is running as usual," customs officials said.

At the same time, the participation of farmers from other European countries in the Polish protest announced the day before was not confirmed.

Buses are allowed to pass through the Dorohusk checkpoint as usual.

Border blockade in Poland

Last fall, Polish farmers and carriers went on strike at the border with Ukraine. They demanded the return of the pass system for Ukrainian carriers.

In January, the Polish government reached an agreement with the carriers and farmers to unblock the border with Ukraine. But at the end of January, the European Commission recommended extending the abolition of import duties for agricultural goods from Ukraine until 2024, which triggered new protests by farmers at the border.

Yesterday, Polish farmers announced an action at the Dorohusk checkpoint. And on February 20, as previously announced by Polish farmers, a complete blockade of the Ukrainian border for trucks is to begin.

Read more about the situation on the Polish border in RBC-Ukraine's article.