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Polish farmers dump grain from train at Ukraine border crossing

by Martin Fornusek February 20, 2024 12:40 PM 2 min read
Grain dumped on the railway track at the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing by Polish farmers on Feb. 20, 2024. (Ukrainian Railways/Telegram)
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Polish farmers have briefly blocked a railway track at the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing with Ukraine, dumping grain from a train, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on Feb. 20.

Protests at the Polish-Ukrainian border erupted earlier in February as Polish farmers criticized the import of Ukrainian agricultural products and the EU's Green Deal. Initially blocking six crossings, the organizers said they would close the border entirely on Feb. 20.

The protesters blocked the railway track at Medyka-Shehyni crossing only for about 15 minutes, after which they returned to the highway to disrupt the movement of trucks, RFE/RL said.

Footage shared by RFE/RL shows Polish police officers arriving at the scene.

Polish protesters reportedly dumped grain also from trucks at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk on Feb. 11, sparking condemnations in Ukraine.

Earlier on Feb. 20, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oleh Nikolenko appealed to Polish authorities to assess the legality of the ongoing blockade and to take steps against anti-Ukrainian rhetoric and actions surrounding the protests.

The protesting farmers have also begun blocking roads in Poland on Feb. 20, complicating traffic across regions.

Polish farmer blockade puts Polish-Ukrainian relations at further risk
Polish farmers have again taken to the border with neighboring Ukraine in their new month-long strike against EU policies and unfair competition from abroad. The Solidarity trade union announced on Feb. 9 that it would begin blocking roads and border crossings with Ukraine until March 10. The group…
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