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Border Standoff: Slovakia Blocks Ukrainian Trucks in Dispute


Nov 21, 2023

On Tuesday, Slovakia’s border crossing with Ukraine was closed due to a blockade by Ukrainian truckers, according to police and media reports. However, the Slovakian truckers’ union distanced itself from the blockade, stating that it was only one trucker who carried out the action. The union explained 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 brief blockade of the main border crossing to show their support but said they would wait for negotiations before taking further steps.

The Slovak border police confirmed that a truck blocked the Vysna Nemecka crossing on Tuesday, citing information from the Slovak transport union UNAS. Miloslav Tokar of the Slovak border police stated that the truckers blocked the border crossing at noon and allowed only a limited number of Ukrainian trucks to cross. Meanwhile, Ukraine customs announced on Telegram that “unknown persons blocked cargo traffic without any warning.” However, they added that Ukraine had not received any official information from the Slovak side regarding this matter.

According to TASR, Union president Stanislav Skala told Reuters by phone that he would wait for talks between EU, Polish and Ukrainian officials before officially joining his Polish colleagues in blocking activities. It is worth noting that Ukrainian authorities announced last week that about 3000 mostly Ukrainian trucks including those carrying fuel and humanitarian aid were stuck on Polish side of border due to blockades on border last week but without progress in discussions between Ukraine and Poland.

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