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Polish truckers' strike: Another Ukrainian driver dies at border

Polish truckers' strike: Another Ukrainian driver dies at border Photo: another Ukrainian driver died on the border with Poland (Getty Images)
Author: Liliana Oleniak

Another Ukrainian driver died in the parking lot near the Korchova-Krakivets checkpoint on the border with Poland, where the strike of Polish transporters continues, reports the vice-president of the Association of International Motor Carriers Volodymyr Balin.

"This morning we received information that a driver died last night in Korchov in the parking lot," says Balin.

He notes that this is the second fatal case since the beginning of the border blockade.

"I understand that the most likely reason is physiology, but one way or another, the stress they get because of this strike because they are forced to live in cabins and it is unclear when they will be able to get to Ukraine, adds to the negativity and causes certain situations. Medics and law enforcement agencies will already deal with it, but the fact remains," adds the vice president of the Association of International Motor Carriers.

According to him, the deceased driver had a car with Kharkiv license plates. Balin did not mention his name.

Not the first case

On November 12, a Ukrainian driver who planned to cross the border died in his truck in front of the Dorohusk-Yahodyn checkpoint.

It is noted that the 54-year-old man arrived at the parking lot in the city of Khelm on November 11 and stayed there to wait for the border crossing.

"Final information about the cause of death will be reported by the Polish prosecutor's office after studying all the details, but at the moment there is no reason to believe that the death was due to unnatural causes," says Deputy Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Serhii Derkach.

Border blockade by Polish carriers

Last week, Polish carriers began blocking three checkpoints on the border with Ukraine. On November 16, they rejected the joint proposals of the European Commission, Ukraine, and Poland and refused to end the strike. Their main demand is to return to the permit system for our country.

In the meantime, the European Commission may initiate criminal proceedings against Poland if the authorities do not resolve the issue of carriers blocking checkpoints on the border with Ukraine.