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Ukraine launches product exports bypassing Poland: Minister reveals details

Ukraine launches product exports bypassing Poland: Minister reveals details Oleksandr Kubrakov (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Ukraine will launch exports via the Danube in the coming days after Polish farmers reinforced the border blockade, according to a statement by the Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration - Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine, Oleksandr Kubrakov.

He mentions that Ukraine's main export route - the Black Sea - is operational thanks to defense efforts. In January of this year, our country transported 6.7 million tons of agricultural products via the Black Sea and the Danube. Only 370 thousand tons were transported through Poland. This accounts for approximately 5% of the total amount.

According to Kubrakov, the Ukrainian main channels are the Black Sea and the Danube cluster, which Ukraine plans to develop.

At the same time, he adds that products with added value were exported more through overland corridors, mainly through Poland.

"What are we proposing now? In the coming days, we are launching barges with containers via the Danube to the ports of Romania, to the port of Constanta. The first two vessels will set sail in the coming days. Also, we expect in the coming days that we will be able to upstream the Danube to deliver the products of our producers to the markets of Germany and Austria, bypassing Poland," the minister clarifies.

Border blockade with Poland

Yesterday, February 20, Polish farmers reinforced the blockade of the border with Ukraine. In particular, they blocked not only roads but also railways.

Farmers also staged provocations again - this time they spilled Ukrainian grain from a train.

The Polish government announced negotiations with the protesters on February 26 to resolve the situation.

More details about the blockade can be found in the material of RBC-Ukraine.