Polish farmers cease their blockade of the border crossing into Ukraine.

Ukraine announces restoration of lorry movement after suspension of protest, while truckers continue to blockade three other border crossings

The Ukrainian border service has stated that Polish farmers have ended their blockade of one of the border crossings between Ukraine and Poland, resulting in the full restoration of lorry movement. The service reported on the Telegram messaging app on Sunday, “Truck traffic has been restored: Polish farmers have ended the blockade in front of the Medyka-Shehyni crossing.” It further added that the registration and crossing of trucks entering Ukraine is now occurring as normal. However, truckers are still conducting blockades at three other crossings over the Christmas period.

Since 6 November, drivers have been blocking multiple crossings with Ukraine, demanding that Ukrainian companies and European truckers seeking entry into Ukraine require permits to operate in the European Union. Additionally, farmers joined in, demanding government subsidies for corn and opposing tax increases. Ukrainian transport analysts estimated that approximately 3,900 trucks were waiting on the Polish side for permission to enter Ukraine. Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov expressed hope on Thursday that an agreement could be reached with the new Polish government to end the truck blockades at the border crossings. Poland’s new prime minister, Donald Tusk, pledged to swiftly resolve the truck drivers’ protest.

Meanwhile, in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson, Russian bombardment over a 24-hour period killed four people and injured nine, according to the region’s governor, Oleksandr Prokudin. Russian forces fired 71 shells at Kherson, hitting various areas such as the city centre, residential regions, and critical infrastructure facilities. Prokudin mentioned that an elderly couple, aged 87 and 81, were among the victims after an artillery shell struck their residential building. Rescue teams also discovered a third male victim under the rubble. Kherson, previously under Russian occupation, was recaptured by Ukraine in November of the previous year and has since become a regular target for attacks by Moscow’s forces across the Dnipro River. Furthermore, Ukraine’s air force reported intercepting all but one of the 15 drones launched by Russia overnight.

Source: Reuters, AFP

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