Ukraine's Ambassador to Poland, Vasyl Zvarych, condemned the unworthy actions of Polish protesters who spilled Ukrainian grain from a freight train.

The ambassador made such a statement on his Twitter account.

He strongly condemned the actions of the farmers who spilled Ukrainian grain from the wagon near the “Medyka – Shehyni” border checkpoint.

“The police must react decisively and punish those who break the law. Such actions show disrespect to the work of Ukrainian agrarians under conditions of Russian aggression, disrespect to themselves and to other people. Shame on you, gentlemen!” he emphasized.

Earlier, it was reported that Polish farmers announced a new nationwide strike, which began on February 9th and is scheduled to last until March 10th. Protesters plan to block all border crossings between Poland and Ukraine, as well as roads and highways across the country.

This is related to the decision of the European Commission to extend the waiver of import duties for agricultural products from Ukraine until 2024.

Reasons for strikes at checkpoints

The protests by farmers have been ongoing for many weeks. They claim that it is related to the decision of the European Commission to extend the suspension of import duties for agricultural goods from Ukraine until 2024. Hungarian farmers joined the Poles and staged a protest near the “Zahony” checkpoint on the border with Ukraine. The strikers insist that products coming from outside the European Union should be subject to the same rules as EU farmers, and Brussels should protect the interests of its own farmers, “rather than trying to destroy the European countryside with its actions”.

Protesters also complain that Ukraine allegedly exports products with an increased GMO content, and they oppose this. However, it is worth noting that the true reasons for border blockades are more political than economic. The organizers of the blockade in Poland, the recently created “Committee for the Protection of Carriers and Employers in the Transport Industry”, claim that the action is economic and not political. However, their actions have not found support among the authorities and other organizations of carriers. Nevertheless, the protest is being actively supported by the consistent anti-Ukrainian and anti-European party “Konfederacja”, whose representatives are the most vocal in expressing anti-Ukrainian statements, fighting against Ukrainian refugees in the media, and already billing for assistance to Ukraine and its citizens.

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