On the morning of 24 December at 8 am, Polish farmers stopped protesting at the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing for the holidays, Poland’s Ministry of Agriculture said on X (Twitter).
Nearly 4000 trucks stuck in line at the border with Poland to enter Ukraine as of 24 December, according to Andriy Demchenko, spokesman for Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service. The blockade continues at three checkpoints – Yahodyn, Rava-Ruska, and Krakovets.
After Minister Czeslaw Siekierski met with the Polish protesters at the Medyka-Shehyni border, the blockade was stopped for the holidays.
‼️ Protest w #Medyka zawieszony od jutra, od godz. 8:00.
Minister @CzSiekierski i sekretarz stanu @EKOlodziejczak_ spotkali się dziś z protestującymi rolnikami w Medyce. 🤝
Z okazji zbliżających się Świąt Bożego Narodzenia wspólnie podzielili się opłatkiem.🎄 pic.twitter.com/8t6TT82tmL
— Ministerstwo Rolnictwa i Rozwoju Wsi (@MRiRW_GOV_PL) December 23, 2023
Farmers may resume the strike at the border on 2-3 January 2024, Radio Liberty reported, citing the Polish radio station RMF FM. One of the strike organizers, Roman Kondruw, said, “if we receive a written statement from the Prime Minister that our demands will be met, the protest will likely not be resumed.”
On 6 November, dozens of Polish truck drivers blocked three border crossings with Ukraine and expanded it to a fourth crossing later. They blocked the trucks’ movement on the Polish-Ukrainian border, demanding the return of permits for Ukrainian drivers and the removal of Polish vehicles from the electronic queue.
Ukraine and the European Union signed the Agreement on Road Freight Transport on 29 June 2022. Its initial term was one year with the possibility of extension. Subsequently, the agreement was extended until the end of June 2024.