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Border Crossing Disrupted by Truck Dispute between Slovakia and Ukraine


Nov 21, 2023

On Tuesday, Slovakia’s border crossing with Ukraine was blocked by truckers, according to police and media reports. However, the Slovakian truckers’ union distanced itself from the blockade, stating that it was carried out by only one truck. Slovak truckers are supporting their Polish counterparts in trying to limit the number of Ukrainian trucks entering the EU. Last week, they staged a symbolic brief blockade of the main border crossing to show their support, but said they would wait for negotiations before taking further steps.

Truckers from Ukraine have been exempted from permits to cross the border since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. Polish and Slovak carriers warn that this is harming their business. Miloslav Tokar of the Slovak border police stated that the truckers blocked the Vysna Nemecka crossing at noon and were only letting a limited number of Ukrainian trucks cross. The Slovak News Agency TASR reported that a truck blocked the Vysna Nemecka crossing on Tuesday, citing the Slovak transport union UNAS. Union president Stanislav Skala told Reuters by phone that the union would wait for talks by EU, Polish, and Ukrainian officials before officially joining the blockades of Polish colleague.

Ukrainian customs announced on Telegram that “unknown persons blocked cargo traffic without any warning,” but also added that Ukraine had not received any official information from the Slovak side. She said that the Slovak side would start releasing trucks at 8 p.m., five an hour at a time. Ukraine and Poland discussed blockades on the border last week, but without progress. Ukrainian authorities announced on Sunday that about 3,000 mostly Ukrainian trucks, including trucks with fuel and humanitarian aid, were stuck on

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