Ukraine on Thursday said more than 20,000 vehicles were blocked on both sides of its border with Poland on the fourth day of protest by Polish truckers disrupting cargo flow.

"Currently, more than 20,000 vehicles are blocked on both sides," Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov said in a statement, adding that the protest was hitting the economies of both countries.

The protest by Polish transport companies is the latest in a series of economic clashes between the neighbours, who are traditionally close allies but have seen relations suffer in recent months.

"Traffic on the Ukrainian-Polish border has remained complicated (for lorries) since November 6 in three directions," Andriy Demchenko, spokesman for Ukraine's border service said.

Kyiv estimated that crossing by freight lorry at the Hrebenne checkpoint would take "150 hours," while the wait at the border at Medyka, further south, would take "55 hours".


The Polish protesters want entry permits to be reinstated for their Ukrainian rivals. The European Union waived permits for Ukrainian transport companies entering the 27-nation bloc, of which Poland is a member, after Russia invaded Ukraine last year.

Kyiv has said the Polish truckers' blockade harms the interests of both countries, and that it has not received any official demands from Polish transport companies.

"It is wrong to close the border with Ukraine during the war," Oleksandr, a 36-year-old trucker who had been queing for two days at the Rava Ruska crossing, told AFP.

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Warsaw has been Kyiv's staunchest backer against Russia since Moscow's invasion in February 2022.

But relations between the neighbours took a downward turn during Poland's general election this autumn, when its governing nationalist party became embroiled in several rows with Kyiv.

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Why are self-interests allowed to continue by the Polish government when so much is at stake and why do those interests align with helping Russia and Putin?