Ukraine is preparing to evacuate drivers from blocked checkpoints in Poland, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets has said.
According to him, Ukrainian drivers are in "such an egregious situation that they are planning to go on a hunger strike if the situation does not improve".
Lubinets addressed Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and the Polish Ombudsman, Professor Marcin Wiącek, on this issue.
"I have not yet received a response from my colleague," the Ukrainian ombudsman added.
Lubinets said he had received a letter from the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on behalf of the prime minister.
"As it has become known, the Ukrainian side has started preparations for the evacuation of drivers from the blocked checkpoints in Poland. There is also an initiative to set up a headquarters to help Ukrainians at the border by providing drivers with food, water, medicines, fuel, etc. In addition, the Ukrainian and Polish sides agreed to increase the border capacity and agreed on a number of actions," said the ombudsman.
Today, the Ministry for the Development of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure have agreed to partially unblock the border. They are going to open the Uhryniv- Dołhobyczów checkpoint for empty trucks, create separate eCheckpoints for empty vehicles at the Yahodyn-Dorohusk and Krakivets-Korczowa checkpoints. It is also planned to launch a pilot project with registration in eCheck immediately before crossing the border at the Nyzhankovychi - Malhowice checkpoint for a period of one month.
Meanwhile, on 1 December, Slovak carriers blocked truck traffic on the border with Ukraine.