Hundreds of drones and pickups are stuck at the border: the Polish blockade is delaying military supplies to Ukraine
The blockade of the border by Polish carriers has delayed the delivery of drones, electronics, and pickup trucks to Ukraine, according to a Reuters report. Many cargoes are still waiting to enter the country.
Taras Chmut, head of the Come Back Alive Foundation, stated that dozens of night vision systems, pickup trucks, and hundreds of drones purchased by the foundation have been stuck at the border for several weeks.
"This is bad because they are tied to projects, deadlines, and schedules. Things are moving, but it's slower than before," Chmut told Reuters.
He added that Come Back Alive is trying to negotiate with the Polish authorities to ensure the smooth passage of their aid, as Ukraine has no choice but to import many crucial parts and supplies from abroad.
"All the pickup trucks come from abroad, the night vision kits come from abroad. FPV drones usually come from abroad, and the blockade is slowing down our work," Chmut said.
Protests at the border are affecting military equipment manufacturers, said Viktor Dolgopiatov, head of the Engineer Corps. "If the blockade continues, it can become and is already becoming a big problem," he said.
Dolgopiatov emphasized that the blockade of the border has delayed the supply of parts for vehicles, as well as components for power supplies used in UAV engines and radios. "I am convinced that a large number of spare parts that go to private sector companies working on defense projects are unfortunately now at the border," he said.
Part of the problem, according to Dolgopiatov, is that the cheapest way to transport goods from Poland is to use large trucks, which increases the likelihood of long delays.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Poland will demand at the EU level to restore the system of permits for Ukrainian carriers. Polish activists, in violation of international agreements, continue to block four checkpoints with Ukraine, causing huge losses. However, representatives of the Polish government have supported the activists.