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Ukrainian crops damaged again at Polish rail crossing

The spilled cargo at a Polish rail station this week was the third recent incident involving trains carrying Ukrainian goods. Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said the incidents appeared to be “planned sabotage” against Ukrainian agriculture.
damaged train with Ukrainian agricultural products at Polish railway station
A damaged train carrying Ukrainian agricultural products at the Polish railway station Dorohusk. Credit: Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine
Ukrainian crops damaged again at Polish rail crossing

A train carrying Ukrainian agricultural products was damaged at the Dorohusk railway station in Poland, the Ukrainian Ministry of Community and Territorial Development reported on 24 February.

It’s the third time such an incident has happened to Ukrainian trains carrying agricultural products at Polish railway stations. Polish farmers have taken up the baton in blocking the Ukrainian border from Polish truckers, who had recently suspended their two-month-long border blockade.

According to the ministry, the cargo cars containing beans were damaged on 24 February at 9 am, the second anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion.

Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Community and Territorial Development, Oleksandr Kubrakov, called on Poland’s law enforcement to react immediately.

“The systemic destruction of Ukrainian agro-products looks like planned sabotage. Our country (Ukraine) is defending itself and surviving thanks to farmers. So those who committed these crimes are not interested in Ukrainian peace and the victory of the civilized world,” he said.

According to the ministry, it’s the third time Ukrzaliznytsia, a Ukrainian Railway company, has appealed to Polish law enforcement.

Polish police launched on 23 February an investigation into the second case of spilled grain cargo from Ukraine. On the morning of 23 February, unknown individuals opened the hatches of two Ukrainian grain cars, spilling rapeseed onto the tracks at the Dorohusk railway station in Poland.

The previous incident of spilled grain on the railway occurred on 20 February near the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing. Polish farmers reportedly spilled some of the grain from a freight train onto the tracks.

The first such grain incident involved trucks transiting grain through Poland at the Dorohusk border crossing earlier this month.

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