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Polish carriers intend to block a point on the border with Ukraine.

Polish carriers intend to block a point on the border with Ukraine.

Polish carriers will resume blocking the Dorohusk-Yagodin checkpoint on the border with Ukraine on Monday, one of the representatives of the protest committee said.

Earlier, the head of the Polish commune Dorohusk, Wojciech Sawa, decided to end the protest of Polish carriers at the border by banning their action. At the same time, three other checkpoints on the Polish-Ukrainian border remained blocked: Medyka-Shegini, Rawa-Ruska-Hrebiene and Krakovets-Korcheva. On Friday, the Lublin District Court overturned the decision of the head of the commune prohibiting the action of carriers. This means that transport workers can again protest on the access road to the border with Ukraine from Monday.

“Tomorrow we will be at the border again. The protest will continue,”  one of the protesters said.

He clarified that the protesters still expect to block the Dorohusk-Yagodin checkpoint until March 8.

The agency’s interlocutor suggests that as a result of the protest, the line of Ukrainian trucks in front of this checkpoint will increase “to several thousand vehicles.” However, he stated that, as before, military cargo and humanitarian aid would be allowed to pass through without hindrance.

More than a month ago, Polish carriers, later joined by farmers, blocked road checkpoints on the border with Ukraine. They demand the restoration of the previously canceled permit system for Ukrainian commercial carriers with exceptions for humanitarian aid and supplies for Ukrainian troops, the suspension of licenses for companies created in Ukraine after February 2022, their inspection, and the separation of queues of empty and loaded vehicles. The line of trucks on the Polish side reaches 50 kilometers, and several Ukrainian drivers have already died in it.

Recently, Polish-Ukrainian relations have become significantly more complicated due to the embargo on Ukrainian grain. On September 15, the European Commission decided not to extend restrictions on the import of four types of Ukrainian agricultural products into several EU border countries, but obliged Kyiv to introduce export control measures. After this, the authorities of Slovakia, Hungary and Poland announced that they were extending the ban unilaterally. In this regard, Ukraine filed a complaint with the WTO. In response, three EU countries announced that they would boycott meetings of the coordination platform on Ukrainian grain.