: No car queues reported at Ukraine-Poland border

15:43 Jul. 6, 2016

No car queues reported at Ukraine-Poland border

Polish border guard officer looks from Poland into Ukraine (Getty Images)

On July 5 three checkpoints were unblocked 

No car line-ups were recorded on the Ukrainian-Polish border as of early July 6. This was reported by Ukrainian media, citing the press service of the Western Regional Department of Ukraine's State Border Service.

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No cars were stuck at other checkpoints on the western border with Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova. However, 60 vehicles were waiting for their turn at the Ukrainian-Romanian border, at the checkpoint Porubne - Siret, as of early July 6.

Starting July 4, Poland suspended small border traffic with Ukraine, with the measure staying in force for less than a month.

The State Border Service of Ukraine warned, that from July 4 till August 2 the residents of border areas of Ukraine would be able to cross into Polish territory only according to the standard procedure, i.e. having international passport and visa.

Poland's Foreign Ministry says the suspension of small border traffic is due to the upcoming NATO summit, which will take place in Warsaw on 8-9 at the presidential level, as well as the events related to the World Youth Day in Krakow, when the Polish city expects around 2.5 million visitors.

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Local residents reacted to this decision and blocked three checkpoints. Small border traffic suspension at the Ukrainian-Polish border resulted in clashes between Ukrainian petty smugglers and Polish border guards.

On July 5 all three checkpoints at the Ukrainian-Polish border were unblocked.


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