On Tuesday, Slovakia’s border crossing with Ukraine was blocked by a group of Ukrainian truckers, according to police and media reports. However, the Slovakian truckers’ union distanced itself from the blockade, stating that it was the work of only one truck. The union claimed that they were supporting their Polish counterparts who are 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.
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. Meanwhile, 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.
Ukrainian authorities announced on Sunday that about 3,000 mostly Ukrainian trucks, including trucks with fuel and humanitarian aid, were stuck on the Polish side of the border due to disputes between Poland and Ukraine over access restrictions related to COVID-19. The two countries have been discussing possible solutions to address these issues in recent weeks without making significant progress