Ukraine asks Poland to open border, allow Ukrainians to return home by foot

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poland closes pedestrian checkpoints, due to this, many Ukrainians cannot return home
19:40, 16 March 2020

Polish Radio

Ukraine will appeal to Poland with a request to open pedestrian checkpoint Shehyni-Medyka, where earlier Ukrainian citizens stuck with no possibility to enter Ukraine as 112 Ukraine reported citing Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

It is noted that due to the coronavirus, Poland restricted the operation of the checkpoints at its border, particularly, the country closed the pedestrian checkpoints and many Ukrainians cannot return home.

“We made such a decision with sorrow. Because, considering the economic possibilities of the majority of people, it will be easier for the majority of them to cross the border on foot. But we hold the dialogue with our Polish partners to open the checkpoint. But there is no response yet,” the minister said.

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According to him, the Ukrainians, who wanted to cross the border in Medyka, head to other checkpoints, where the Ukrainian border guards along with the Polish border guards worked out the scheme of the transfer of the citizens.

“People are set in the cars or sent to the bus, which crosses the border, returns or takes the second group. Moreover, the consuls from Lublin set people in the cars right at the border,” Kuleba stated.

Moreover, Ukraine works with the Polish side to increase the throughput capability of the checkpoint Yahodyn to the Ukrainian side.

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As we reported, the restrictive measures will be enhanced in Kyiv from March 17 due to coronavirus. The work of food outlets, sports complex and entertainment establishments will be restricted.

As of March 15, five cases of coronavirus infection were confirmed in Ukraine. Two new cases were found in the Chernivtsi region. 


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