Polish carriers are blocking 4 checkpoints – up to 3,500 trucks are in queues – State Border Guard Service
Polish carriers are still blocking four checkpoints on the border with Ukraine. However, the Shehyni checkpoint will be blocked around the clock starting tomorrow, November 27.
Andriy Demchenko, the spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, announced this during a telethon. He emphasized that these are the four routes where trucks weighing more than 7.5 tons can cross the border, as other checkpoints on the border with Poland only accept trucks up to 7.5 tons.
At the Yahodyn-Dorogusk, Krakovets-Korcheva, Rava-Ruska-Kreben, and Medyka-Shehyni checkpoints, approximately 3,500 trucks were waiting to enter Poland and return to Ukraine.
"Most of them were in front of the Shehyni checkpoint, as well as in front of the Rava-Ruska checkpoint. I would like to add that, for example, near the Shehyni checkpoint, the protesters have been blocking traffic since November 23 and until now during the daytime from 9:00 to 20:00 (Polish time). And tomorrow the blocking is to start around the clock," he stated.
Demchenko reiterated that these are the routes where trucks weighing more than 7.5 tons can cross the border, as other checkpoints on the border with Poland only accept trucks up to 7.5 tons.
Poland's border with Ukraine is blocked by the far-right
Polish truck drivers have been blocking border crossings since November 6. The Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, Mykola Solskyi, has clarified that the blockade was not organized by the Polish government but by "a specific association and a small number of carriers." Ukrainian carriers confirm that the border blockade was supported by only one association of Polish carriers that had previously worked extensively with Russia.
The political representation was taken over by a Polish politician and Ukrainophobe, Raphael Mekler. His party has a small representation in the Sejm, representing the far right: they are against Poland's integration into the EU and in favor of limiting ties with Ukraine. However, the far-right does not enjoy much support in Poland (they have only 6 seats out of 460 in the parliament).
As OBOZ.UA previously reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia offered its assistance in resolving the situation on the Polish-Ukrainian border. The head of the diplomatic department, Krisjanis Karinš, held talks with the Polish Minister for EU Affairs Shimon Shinkovskiy vel Senk.