Ukrainian authorities said yesterday that about 3,000 trucks, mostly from Ukraine and carrying fuel and humanitarian aid, were stranded on the Polish side of the border due to a blockade by Polish truckers that lasted more than 10 days.
Earlier this month, Polish truckers protested against what they perceived as government indifference over losing business to foreign rivals since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 by blocking roads to three border crossings with Ukraine.
Kyiv and Warsaw failed to reach an agreement to end the protest, Ukrainian officials said last week.
“Ukrainian drivers have been stuck at the Polish border for over 10 days. Thousands of people are living in hard conditions with limited food, water and fuel,” said Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, on X, formerly Twitter.
He said that trucks were queued up for more than 30km at the Yahodyn crossing, more than 10km at Rava-Ruska, and more than 16km at the Krakivets crossing.
Ukraine’s deputy infrastructure minister, Serhiy Derkach, said that there were “many” cases of trucks with fuel and humanitarian aid — which were supposed to cross without hindrance — being stuck in lines.
“We have informed our Polish colleagues about these cases … We are awaiting a response,” Derkach posted on his Facebook page.