The Jahodyn-Dorohusk border crossing between Ukraine and Poland, which was blocked by the protest of Polish carriers for a month, is passable again. Trucks are checked in both directions at the crossing, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksandr Kubrakov and the Ukrainian Border Guard announced today.
According to the Polish media, the mayor of the village of Dorohusk, who canceled the permit for the protest at the border, contributed to the end of the protest. According to Reuters, the organizer of the protest, the leader of the committee for the protection of carriers and employees of transport companies Tomasz Borkowski, on the other hand, assured that the blockade continues, no agreement on its termination has been reached.
“The blockade of the Dorohusk-Jahodyn border crossing has ended. From 14:00 (Kyiv time; 13:00 CET) the stable passage of trucks is restored,” said Kubrakov. He specified that in the meantime 15 vehicles entered the crossing in the direction of Ukraine, another 25 were cleared from the Ukrainian side. He recalled that the blockade of the crossing lasted for a month. The Ukrainian border guard also announced the end of the protest by Polish carriers, according to which the trucks are now being cleared in the normal way.
The Polish news server Onet called this development a turning point. He pointed out, however, that Kubrakov admitted that the problem has not yet been fully resolved and that it is necessary to end blockades at other crossing points on the Polish-Ukrainian border. Nor can new blockades be allowed.
Polish carriers have been blocking truck traffic at major border crossings from Poland to Ukraine since the beginning of November. They complain that they are losing contracts because of Ukrainian companies, and that is why they are asking that the European Union require Ukrainian companies to enter its territory, as it did before the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Car transporters from Hungary and Slovakia, i.e. from other countries neighboring Ukraine and feeling the negative effects of easing conditions for Ukrainian transport companies, are also protesting against cheap Ukrainian competition.