Ukraine calls on Poland to stop the "artificial strike" at main border crossing point
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The Ministry of Infrastructure called on Poland to deal with the strike of Polish carriers, which blocked the normal operation of the Jagodzin-Dorohusk border crossing for a month from May 4, according to the statement of Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

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This checkpoint provides about 40% of cargo flow to Poland.

Previously, it was blocked by Polish farmers who protested against the export of Ukrainian agricultural products. Now the local carriers have blocked the checkpoint.

Protesters demand the return of the permit system for Ukrainian carriers and the application of the Euro4 environmental standard to them, as is the case with the Polish ones.

    Blocking the border causes a critical situation for exports, Kubrakov stressed.

    "Unfortunately, this is far from the first case of blocking Ukrainian exports to or transiting through Poland. This is an unfair and unfortunate situation," the minister said in a statement.

    He called on Warsaw to solve the problem and inform the protesters of ways to overcome misunderstandings.

    "We consider today's strike to be artificial and contrary to common European aspirations and values," the Ukrainian official said.

    On Thursday, Deputy Minister of Economy Taras Kachka said that due to similar protests by Polish farmers, which he called a bluff, Ukraine suffered $143 million in losses.