Poland Removes Blockade on Ukrainian Border

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.29 - 2024 11:39 AM CET

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Poland has lifted the blockade on the Ukrainian border.

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The blockade at the Ukrainian-Polish border has been lifted, with Polish farmers ceasing their protests that halted the movement of freight vehicles at the "Grebenne - Rava-Ruska" checkpoint, the last of the blocked checkpoints.

This development was confirmed by the State Border Service of Ukraine, according to a report by Europeyska Pravda.

Current Situation at the Border

The Polish border guards have notified their Ukrainian counterparts that truck traffic resumed at the Rava-Ruska-Grebenne checkpoint after 10:00 a.m. on Monday.

The checkpoint is now fully operational, with the registration and passage of trucks across the border in both directions proceeding smoothly. However, trucks transporting grain crops are still restricted from entering Poland and can only transit through the country.

The lifting of the blockade has eased traffic flow at the border, with no significant accumulation of trucks on the Polish side.

Trucks leaving Ukraine are now managed through an e-Queue system, facilitating smoother traffic movement. Border authorities have advised drivers and carriers to consider this updated information when planning international shipments.

Background of the Blockade

The blockade, initiated by Polish farmers as a protest, had disrupted several checkpoints since February 9.

The Yagodin-Dorogusk checkpoint blockade was lifted last week.

The protests were part of a broader expression of discontent among Polish farmers over various issues, including competition from Ukrainian agricultural products.

The resolution of the blockade follows a call from Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who on April 18 urged Polish farmers to cease their protests at the border. Tusk highlighted the challenging circumstances faced by Ukraine and stressed the importance of solidarity in these trying times.

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