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Farmers’ protest. Ukraine has a plan to bypass Poland

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The Ukrainian authorities have announced that they plan to launch a new export route on the Danube, necessary due to the blocking of the land border with the European Union by Polish farmers. Kiev wants to increase sales to foreign markets to pre-war levels, Bloomberg reported.

Last year Russia withdrew from the contracts signed under its aegis UN, thanks to which Ukrainian grain could be safely exported through the Black Sea and the Turkish Straits. At the same time, however, a significant part of the crops was exported by land, meanwhile Polish farmers are currently “blocking a key route in protest against what they consider to be the ‘uncontrolled flood’ of Ukrainian food products into the country,” Bloomberg explained.

The drone photo shows farmers’ protest in front of the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in DorohuskPAP/Wojtek Jargiło

Farmers’ protest in front of the Polish-Ukrainian border crossing in DorohuskPAP/Wojtek Jargiło

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Romania “more predictable” than Poland

Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov announced during the recent Munich Security Conference that Kiev “plans to transport containers along the Danube” because Romania is “more predictable” than Poland. The new route would run from the Ukrainian port of Izmail to the Romanian port of Constanta and the Danube ports in Germany.

The Ukrainian company Danube Shipping Co. has already built the second large-tonnage SLG barge, which will sail on the Danube, the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure announced this month.

Export from Ukraine

According to government data, last year’s value of Ukrainian exports, which, apart from food, also includes metal products, amounted to $35.8 billion, or nearly 48 percent. less than in 2021. The volume of exports through Poland has now dropped to 300,000. tons per month, while in 2022 it was more than four times as much.

– Blocking the border means losses worth billions both for our economy and for the economies of European Union countries – said Minister Kubrakow.

Main photo source: PAP/Wojtek Jargiło

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