VIDEO: Polish farmers dump Ukrainian grain in protest at the border

Polish farmers block the traffic during a protest in front of the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in Dorohusk, southeastern Poland, 20 February 2024. Farmers intensified their action on 20 February at border crossings with Ukraine by temporarily blocking the traffic. Hundreds of trucks are waiting in long queues to leave the country. Their ongoing protests, expected to last 30 days, are against the recent decision of the European Commission to extend duty-free trade with Ukraine until 2025, and the implementation of the 'Green Deal' proposed by the European Union. EPA-EFE/WOJTEK JARGILO POLAND OUT
By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Polish farmers have caused a stir by spilling Ukrainian grain from railway trucks at the border, an incident that has drawn criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador to Poland, Wasyl Zvarych.

He condemned the actions of protesters after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

Zvarych is now calling upon the police to address the situation, which has sparked controversy and highlighted the tensions over agricultural policies and the impacts of imported goods on local farming communities.

The incident took place in Medyka, where demonstrators, discontent with the current state of agricultural policies, targeted several railway trucks loaded with grain and corn waiting for transit through Poland. Videos circulating on social media show groups of farmers congregating around the Ukrainian train wagons and releasing the contents through the open hatches, leading to significant losses of grain.

The police noted that until Tuesday, the protesting farmers had been allowing one truck to pass in each direction. However, with the escalation of the protest, they have now ceased allowing any trucks through, predicting an increase in the backlog of vehicles awaiting passage.

The farmers’ demands include the simplification and reduction of the requirements under the European Union’s Green Deal, a limitation on the influx of agricultural and food products from Ukraine, and measures to improve the profitability of agricultural production in Poland.

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