Resolving the impasse at the Polish-Ukrainian border will require compromises addressing the grievances of Polish protesters while ensuring Ukraine's continued trade access to Europe.
Kyiv reports the largest sabotage attack hampering Ukraine's agricultural exports in Poland since Russia's 2022 invasion.
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.
Polish farmers and truckers have blocked the Ukrainian border for four months, significantly affecting Ukrainian trade. However, neither the former nor current Polish government has effectively addressed the issue.
Otherwise, Ukraine reserves the right to implement countermeasures, said PM Denys Shmyhal.
Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal stood up at the border when Polish officials failed to appear for talks proposed by Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The Ukrainian president urges his Polish counterpart and the prime minister to join him at the border, where Polish farmers have been protesting and disrupting trade and travel since 20 February 2024.
At the Dorohusk border crossing with Ukraine, Polish protesters damaged three Ukrainian trucks.
Outlining 3 key objectives for 2024, Ukrainian PM Denys Shmyhal sought Poland's backing to secure EU accession negotiations this year, clear NATO decisions on Ukraine's pathway to membership at the Washington summit, and release of funding from the Ukraine Facility aid program.