22 Nov 2023 16:13

Blockade of Yagodin-Dorohousk checkpoint on Ukrainian-Polish border extended by 1 month - protest leader

MOSCOW. Nov 22 (Interfax) - The blockade of the Yagodin-Dorohousk crossing point on the Ukrainian-Polish border has been extended until February 1, 2024, Ukrainian media have quoted Rafal Mekler, the leader of Polish truckers blocking the border, as saying on his social account.

"We have filed another application. The protest in Dorohousk has been extended until February 1 2024. Accepted without objections," Mekler said.

He also announced the blockade's extension to the Medyka-Shegini border checkpoint starting November 23. "On Thursday, farmers come to Medyka. We can do more together," Mekler said.

Mekler claimed earlier that some Ukrainian trucks passed through the blocked border crossings escorted by police vehicles. In particular, he posted a video purporting to prove that Ukrainian trucks escorted by police passed via the Krakovets-Korczowa crossing bypassing the lines.

As reported earlier, after Polish truckers started blocking the Yagodin-Dorogusk, Krakovets-Korczowa, and Rava-Ruska-Hrebenne crossing points on the Polish side of the border with Ukraine on November 6, the lines of trucks on the Polish side have reached 40 kilometers. According to the Ukrainian Restoration Ministry, 20,000 vehicles have been blocked on the Ukrainian-Polish border, and the truck traffic via these crossings has dropped by 20% to 25%.

The blockade organizers said earlier that the local administrations authorized the protest to last until January 3, 2024.