Ukrainian hauliers to protest on border opposing Polish farmers

Ukrainian hauilers at the Ukraine-Polish border in November, 2023. Photo: Internation road carriers of Ukraine/Facebook

Ukrainian hauliers are arranging a protest at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk checkpoint on February 15 in response to Polish farmers blocking truck traffic at the Polish-Ukrainian border.

This was reported by Suspilne with reference to Vitalii Kotsenko, head of the Hauliers of the Western Region public organisation.

The protest is set to begin at 9:00. The participants will record the facts of bypassing the roadblock from the Polish border side. They plan to stop Polish drivers who entered Ukraine bypassing the general queue.

“They [Polish protesters] let one vehicle through per hour, and it’s not even a Ukrainian vehicle but a Polish one,” Kotsenko explains and says Ukrainian hauliers have no other options under current circumstances.

The organisation also has listed their demands, which include safety measures for Ukrainian hauliers as well as for cargos.

Kotsenko made it clear that the passage of regular buses would not be blocked at the Yahodyn checkpoint.

The durability of the protests by Ukrainian hauliers will depend on the actions of the Polish side.

On February 11, at around 12:30 Kyiv time, Polish farmers intercepted three Ukrainian trucks and poured about 3 tonnes of Ukrainian grain on the ground during a “peaceful protest” near the Ukraine-Poland border.

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