O Ukraine’s Ministry of Agrarian Policy said in a statement that it “strongly condemns” Sunday’s incidents, in which a protest led Polish farmers to dump Ukrainian grain onto the road, unhappy with what they consider to be unfair competition, blocking the border between the two countries.

Kyiv has already called on the Warsaw government to quickly identify and punish those responsible for the incident.

The demonstration in which Polish farmers dumped grain on the road provoked strong reactions in Ukraine, a country with a strong agricultural tradition that has been facing the Russian invasion for two years and where millions of people died in 1932-1933, during the Great Famine (Holodomor), promoted by the Stalinist regime.

“Today we are witnessing a new escalation of violence on our common border”, denounced Taras Katchka, Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Economy and trade representative of his country, on the social network Facebook.

“The lack of reaction by the Polish authorities to the destruction of deliveries will lead to more xenophobia and political violence”, explained the deputy minister, criticizing Warsaw’s indifference to the problem.

According to photos and videos posted on social media, Polish farmers – who began blocking several border crossings with Ukraine on Friday – dumped the contents of several Ukrainian trucks in protest against what they consider unfair competition.

“It’s hard to see Ukrainian cereals on the road,” lamented Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchouk.

Andrii Sadovy, Mayor of Lviv – a city in western Ukraine, close to Poland – called this incident “shameful”, attributing it to “pro-Russian Polish provocateurs”.

Poland has been among Ukraine’s strongest supporters since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022, but friction over Warsaw’s unilateral ban on grain imports has strained relations between these allied countries.

In recent days, authorities in Warsaw have raised the possibility of imposing new import bans on Ukrainian agricultural products to protect its farmers.

Poland banned imports of Ukrainian cereals during the previous nationalist government, but maintained the ban after a new pro-European Union coalition came to power in October 2023.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2500503/ucrania-condena-destruicao-de-cereais-por-agricultores-polacos

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