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Second Ukrainian trucker dies in Poland amid border blockade

Second Ukrainian trucker death reported in Poland amid the ongoing blockade of border checkpoints by the Polish carriers.
Polish truckers protest Ukraine border
A queue of trucks waiting to enter Ukraine through the Rava-Ruska-Hrebenne checkpoint. Photo: Suspilne Lviv
Second Ukrainian trucker dies in Poland amid border blockade

A 56-year-old Ukrainian truck driver who was waiting to cross the border into Ukraine died in a parking lot near Korczowa, Poland. This was reported to Ukrinform by Volodymyr Mykhalevych, chairman of the NGO International Road Carriers of Ukraine.

“Today, I was informed that our ADR (dangerous cargo, – Ukrinform.) driver, who had been standing in line to cross the border for almost three days, died at night in a parking lot near Korczowa. The man was born in 1967. The Polish police say it was a natural death, but the circumstances are still being investigated,” said Mykhalevych.

The first death amid the ongoing Polish trucker border blockade occurred on 11 November, when a 54-year-old truck driver from Ukraine died in Poland in a parking lot near the Dorohusk-Yagodyn checkpoint, where he was stranded waiting to cross the border.

Polish carriers began their protest on 6 November, demanding that the Ukrainian government reinstate the practice of issuing permits for Ukrainian carriers, which was abolished by an agreement with the European Union until 30 June 2024. The protesters want the agreement terminated and the permit regime restored from 1 January 2024.

The strike halted traffic at three border crossing points between Poland and Ukraine: Dorohusk-Yahodyn, Korczowa-Krakovets, and Hrebenne – Rava-Ruska. Huge queues of Ukrainian trucks have formed at the border. In some places, they reach 40 kilometers in both directions and Polish parking lots have become a place of temporary residence for many drivers.

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