The police, who were at the scene of the incident where Polish farmers dumped grain from several Ukrainian trucks, opened a criminal case, Volodymyr Balin, Vice President of the Association of International Road Carriers, has said at a briefing at the Media Centre Ukraine-Uninform.
"According to our information, the police were at the scene. They registered the incident, and a criminal case was opened," said Balin.
He added that three times more Russian grain is supplied to the European market, in particular through Poland, than Ukrainian grain.
"This is official, and the Ukrainian Embassy in Poland has confirmed it. This applies to grain that goes both to the European Union in transit and to other countries in transit through Poland and to Poland. Why is Ukrainian grain at issue? I think this is a purely political question. And if you dig deep enough, you will see the second economic front, which has once again unfolded on the border today," said Balin.
- On 11 February, Polish farmers protesting near the border with Ukraine stopped three trucks with Ukrainians on board and dumped grain from the vehicles onto the road.
- The reason for the border blockade was the European Commission's decision to extend the full opening of the EU market to Ukrainian products, including agricultural products, for another year.
- After 10 a.m. on 12 February, Polish farmers started protests at two more checkpoints and blocked the Shehyni crossing again.