February 19, 2024, 15:48

Border blockades: As of this morning, about 2,900 trucks held up in queues in Poland

Blockades of truck traffic by Polish protesters continues at six checkpoints of the Ukrainian-Polish border. As of Monday morning, there were about 2,900 trucks heading for Ukraine held up in queues on the territory of Poland.

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

“The traffic blockade continues even at this moment. These are six directions: Yahodyn, Ustyluh, Uhryniv, Rava-Ruska, Shehyni, Krakivets checkpoints. If we take all these directions, as of this morning, there were a total of about 2,900 trucks heading for Ukraine and waiting in queues for the opportunity to cross the border on the territory of Poland. Most of them are near the Yahodyn and Krakivets checkpoints,” he said.

According to Andrii Demchenko, along with the increase in queues on the other side of the border caused by truck traffic blockades, there is also a significant decrease in the number of cargo vehicles crossing the border at the moment.

He noted that traffic remains more or less heavy in the direction of the Krakivets checkpoint, the situation is much worse in the direction of the Shehyni checkpoint.

According to Andrii Demchenko, within the previous couple of days the Polish side has hardly let cargo vehicles through to the Yahodyn checkpoint, and there was no traffic precisely because the protestors practically refused to allow any vehicles to pass in this direction. However, the situation has changed somewhat.

“Overnight, according to the information we received from our Polish colleagues, the situation has changed somewhat, although not drastically. Polish farmers reported that they would let several cargo vehicles pass to Ukraine at a time. Therefore, the traffic has resumed a little, but, of course, the figures and volume of trucks crossing the border fall short of our expectations. Because, once again, I would like to point out that the direction of the Yahodyn checkpoint is one of the largest infrastructural directions, where 1,200-1,400 freight vehicles can cross the border in both directions per day, sometimes these indicators can be even higher. Instead, what we have is that for almost two days no truck was able to cross the border in any direction,” Andrii Demchenko added.

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