Polish farmers announce extension of border blockade with Ukraine until April 30

Polish farmers have announced that they are continuing their protests on the border with Ukraine after March 10, and they will last until April 30.

Earlier, the Polish protesters said that the blockade of checkpoints on the border with Ukraine would end on March 10.

The statement schedules the protest to start on March 10 at 2:30 p.m. and end on April 30.

“The gathering will take place at the intersection of national road 17 and provincial road 867, in front of the border crossing in Hrebenne. The meeting is expected to be attended by 100 people,” the statement said.

Protests are planned at the Hrebenne-Rava-Ruska border crossing point, according to the document.

“The purpose of the public gathering is to eliminate the Green Deal, which restricts the supply of agri-food products from outside the European Union, in particular from Ukraine,” the statement said.

Polish farmers’ protests at Ukrainian-Polish border

On February 7, Polish farmers sent an official notice to resume strikes on the border with Ukraine. On February 9, the Dorohusk-Yagodyn checkpoint was blocked. Local authorities approved the protest until March 9.

Earlier, the Polish farmers’ union Solidarity announced a general strike across the country on February 9. Authorities noted that the operation would commence by blocking all checkpoints on the border with Ukraine and obstructing roads and highways in specific voivodeships.

The reason for the resumption of the protests is simple: according to one of the organizers of the action, Roman Kondruv, it is because since the previous actions, the authorities have done nothing to solve the problems of technical grain from Ukraine.

On February 12, on the Ukrainian-Polish border, near the Yagodyn-Dorohusk checkpoint, Poles poured grain from Ukrainian trucks directly onto the ground.

On February 20, they promised to block all border crossings with Ukraine for a month. Ukrainian carriers held their own peaceful protest in response to the actions of Polish farmers.

The Ukrainian Border Guard Service stated that it had not received any information from the Polish side regarding the complete blockade of the border. In response to the Polish blockade, Ukrainian carriers have started preparing a protest at three checkpoints.

On February 20, Polish farmers on the border with Ukraine blocked the railroad and poured grain out of a freight car. Later, it turned out that it was headed to Germany.

On the evening of February 20, Polish protesters eased traffic restrictions near the border with Ukraine at two checkpoints, including Hrebenne-Rava-Ruska, and began allowing cars to pass through.

Poland’s Consul General in Lviv condemned the border blockade and apologized to Ukraine, and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal later stated that Ukraine and Poland were “ready for reasonable compromises” on border negotiations.

After blocking the Ustyluh-Zosyn checkpoint the day before, Polish protesters temporarily stopped.

On February 25, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Poland had already brought the first offenders on the Ukrainian-Polish border to justice, including imprisonment.

Amid the protests of Polish farmers, the European Union decided to step up checks on compliance with the agreements on grain imports from Ukraine.

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