March 6, 2024, 16:19

As a result of the border blockade, the capacity of certain checkpoints has plummeted by over 20-fold

The blockade at the border has drastically reduced the throughput capacity at several checkpoints. At the Yahodyn crossing point, for instance, only 70 trucks were allowed to pass into Ukraine in the past day, a stark contrast to the usual capacity of 1200-1400 trucks per day in both directions.

Andrii Demchenko, Spokesperson for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, delivered this report during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“In the case of the Yahodyn checkpoint, Polish farmers have been particularly stringent. They’ve completely halted trucks traveling from Ukraine to Poland, resulting in zero crossings in that direction. Instead, only a handful of trucks heading towards Ukraine have been permitted. Yesterday, we saw around 70 trucks coming through, while the day before saw about 50,” he stated.

Demchenko stressed the gravity of the situation, emphasizing that allowing only 70 trucks to cross into Ukraine in a day is exceedingly low given the checkpoint’s usual capacity.

He also highlighted the challenges at the Shehyni border crossing. From last Friday until Monday, Polish protesters prevented any truck movement through this area, inbound or outbound.

“Since Monday, they’ve decided to allow a small batch of trucks through every 12 hours, roughly 10-12 trucks. Additionally, they’ve recently started permitting a limited number of trucks traveling from Ukraine to Poland. However, this has severely impacted border crossing dynamics. Yesterday, only about 60 trucks passed through in both directions, significantly below the checkpoint’s capacity,” Demchenko explained.

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