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Official: Over 4,000 trucks waiting in line at Polish border to enter Ukraine

by The Kyiv Independent news desk December 23, 2023 11:08 AM 1 min read
Ukrainian trucks sit blocked by Polish protesters near the Polish Ukrainian border crossing point Yahodyn-Dorohusk on Nov. 25, 2023. (Vitalii Nosach/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images)
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Over 4,000 trucks remain waiting in line to enter Ukraine from Poland ahead of the holiday season, Border Guard Service spokesman Andrii Demchenko said on national television on Dec. 23.

"Work constantly continues to unblock the movement across the entire Polish border but as of this morning four directions remain blocked," said Demchenko.

"The movement across the border continues from Ukrainian and Polish directions but it has dropped significantly compared to the period before Nov. 6 when the protests began on these four directions," he added.

Polish truckers have been blocking four crossings with Ukraine in protest of the EU's liberalization of transit rules for Ukrainian truckers. The blockade has left thousands of Ukrainian truckers stranded in long lines in freezing temperatures.

Ukrainian and Polish officials sought possible solutions to the protests during the visit by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski to Kyiv on Dec. 22.

Polish Deputy Infrastructure Minister Pawel Gancarz, who accompanied Sikorski on the trip, said he was hopeful about solving the issue before Christmas.

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