| 4 March 2024, Monday |

Slovak truckers to block Ukraine crossing, joining Polish protests

According to the country’s truckers association, UNAS, Slovak truckers will block the main border crossing with Ukraine starting on Friday in support of Polish protesters calling for restrictions against Ukrainian drivers.

Since November 6, Polish truckers have been obstructing multiple border crossings with Ukraine in protest of their colleagues’ harsher treatment in Ukraine.

Truck drivers in Poland and Slovakia claim that Ukrainian drivers transfer goods not only between the EU and Ukraine but also within the bloc for less money.

Slovak drivers staged a symbolic protest earlier this month but will begin their blockade at the Vysne Nemecke/Uzhhorod crossing from 3 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Friday.

“The purpose of the protest is to join truck carriers from Poland,” UNAS said in a statement on its Facebook page on Wednesday. “We cannot leave them alone in the fight.”

They say their business has been undercut since truckers from Ukraine gained exemptions from seeking permits to cross following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Vysne Nemecke is the only crossing on the Slovakia-Ukraine border open to heavy trucks. UNAS said its blockade would not restrict humanitarian aid, military support or fuel and chilled food deliveries.

  • Reuters