The ongoing blockades by Polish truckers at the Ukrainian-Poland border have severe implications for both countries. These protests stem from the truckers’ concerns over unfair competition and regulations that have significantly reduced Ukraine’s overall, estimated to be about a fifth in November.
If these protests persist, they could potentially cost Kyiv one percentage point of GDP growth. Moreover, the disruption has caused thousands of trucks to be stuck at the border since November 6, leading to a sharp decrease in imports and driving up prices of goods in Ukraine. In addition to impacting imports, the protests may also affect Ukraine’s road exports, which are crucial due to Russia’s attempts to blockade the Black Sea.
These blockades have further strained the already delicate relations between Ukraine and Poland, with talks between the two countries and the EU reaching a stalemate. While the motivations behind the protests are rooted in economic concerns, the situation plays into Russia’s hands by creating divisions and instability within Ukraine’s neighbouring countries, potentially benefiting Russia’s geopolitical interests in the war.
UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.
If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center – https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine.
NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians – https://eac.org.ua/en/main-page/.
How you can help Ukraine against Russian aggression:
Come back alive – https://bit.ly/3Ct6O2L (works directly with the command and personnel of military units, purchasing infrared thermal imaging cameras, night vision goggles, hemostatics etc);
CO Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation – https://bit.ly/3Svas1G (purchases supplies for Ukrainian army, such as armor, ammunition, first-aid kits, cars and ATV, humanitarian aid for civilians, and food for animals);
UNITED 24 – https://bit.ly/3M2mXiT (launched by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the main venue for collecting charitable donations in support of Ukraine. Funds will be transferred to the official accounts of the National Bank of Ukraine and allocated by assigned ministries to cover the most pressing needs)
Army SOS – https://bit.ly/3UYK168 (manages purchases of necessary ammunition, shields, intercommunication and reconnaissance facilities, etc. and delivers all goods directly);
Vostok SOS – https://bit.ly/3Ruut75 (raising funds for various needs of the army);
Phoenix Wings – https://bit.ly/3RvWSd0 (the appropriate equipment & uniform, personal non-lethal protection (vests, helmets), required treatment of the wounded soldiers, and repair of the buildings used by the army).