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Russian Transport Ministry: no obstruction in Russia, Ukraine truck traffic

February 28, 13:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It was earlier reported that Ukrainian radical activists supported by the nationalist organization Svoboda had blocked 13 Russian trucks in the Lvov Region in western Ukraine
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MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. The truck traffic on the territory of Russia and Ukraine is not encountering any impediments, the press office of Russia’s Transport Ministry reported on Sunday.

"The freight motor transport traffic between Russia and Ukraine, as well as transit is proceeding without any obstruction. Yesterday evening, two episodes of the peaceful blockade of Russian trucks were registered. This situation has been promptly settled by law-enforcers. As of now, all the trucks, both Russian and Ukrainian, are moving without any problems," the ministry’s press office said.

It was earlier reported that Ukrainian radical activists supported by the nationalist organization Svoboda had blocked 13 Russian trucks in the Lvov Region in western Ukraine, despite the agreements reached between Ukraine and Russia on the resumption of transit. The Russian trucks were blocked despite the Ukrainian police convoy accompanying the haulers.

On February 11, Ukrainian radicals in the Transcarpathian Region announced an unlimited campaign to block the transit of Russian trucks. Later they were joined by radically-minded activists in nine regions: Volyn, Rovno, Lvov, Transcarpathia, Ivano-Frankovsk, Zhitomir, Vinnitsa, Sumy and Chernovtsy.

In response, on February 14, Russia halted the transit of Ukrainian transport companies’ trucks through its territory. On February 15, the Ukrainian government officially announced suspension of transit traffic of trucks registered in Russia.

From February 16, Russia completely halted the transit of motor vehicles registered in Ukraine across its territory.

Both countries later introduced the regime "I’m driving home" to allow truckers to complete their haul and return to the country of their registration.

On February 24, the Ukrainian government decided to reopen the transit of Russian trucks and instructed the Interior Ministry and the customs service to ensure their safety.

Russia and Ukraine agreed to resume motor freight traffic between two countries from February 25.

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