Poles block buses from Ukraine — passengers detained without explanation

Polish protesters and police stop passenger buses from Ukraine
Polish protesters and police stop passenger buses from Ukraine

Polish protesters and police at border checkpoints are halting buses traveling to and from Ukraine, detaining passengers without explanation, Oleksandr Kubrakov, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister reported on X on March 11.

“There is unpleasant news from the blocked Polish border,” he said.

“Protesters and police are stopping buses going to and from Poland. Passengers are being held without any explanation.”

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These actions against Ukrainian citizens are unacceptable, Kubrakov said. Bus passengers during the war might include women with young children, socially vulnerable individuals, military personnel returning or heading to training, and people in transit.

"An attempt to make them hostages to a protest seems inappropriate for the civilized world," he said.

Polish protesters began to restrict traffic on the border with Ukraine on Feb. 20. Trucks were blocked at the Medyka-Shehyni, Dołhobyczów-Uhryniv, Zosin-Ustyluh, Korczowa-Krakovets, Hrebenne-Rava-Ruska, and Dorohusk-Yahodyn checkpoints.

The farmers expressed numerous demands, including two main ones: the abolition of duty-free trade with Ukraine and the complete closure of the Ukrainian-Polish border for trucks.

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Protesters threw grain out of eight railroad cars carrying Ukrainian agricultural products overnight on Feb. 24-25. This was the fourth incident in recent days. Poland said it was unable to collect all the Ukrainian grain that had fallen out of the railroad cars.

The Ukrainian and Polish sides held talks on the possibility of unblocking the border and taking into account the interests of farmers on Feb. 28.

The European Parliament Committee supported the extension of duty-free trade for Ukraine on March 7. Ukraine announced on the same day that it was ready to go for trade restrictions with the EU, but on its own terms.

Polish farmers temporarily stopped blocking traffic at the Krakovets checkpoint with Ukraine on March 10. The protesters are to resume the strike at this checkpoint on March 13.

Polish farmers announced on March 11 that they would not allow any trucks to leave Ukraine through the Zosin-Ustyluh checkpoint.

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