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Kiev seeks culprits in Ukrainian grain dumping incident in Poland

The Ukrainian ambassador to Poland, Vasily Zvarych, urged Warsaw to do everything possible to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice

MOSCOW, February 26. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure is on top of the situation near the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, where on the night of February 25 unknown individuals dumped about 160 tons of Ukrainian grain off a train, and demands that those responsible be held accountable, Minister for Communities and Territories Development and Infrastructure of Ukraine Alexander Kubrakov said.

"Those who have damaged Ukrainian grain must be found, neutralized, and punished. Two friendly civilized European states are interested in this. Such planned demonstration videos and comments have similarities with the Russian hybrid war," Kubrakov wrote on his X page. He added that the Ministry of Infrastructure is in contact with the Ukrainian embassy in Poland and the Polish police.

For his part, the Ukrainian ambassador to the country, Vasily Zvarych, urged the Polish authorities to do everything possible to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.

On 25 February, Kubrakov said that unidentified people dumped 160 tons of grain from the railway cars of a train that was going to the port of Gdansk. He stressed that the grain was being transited through Poland and was not intended for the Polish market. This is not the first instance of Ukrainian agricultural products being dumped in Poland. Earlier, unknown persons dumped Ukrainian beans and rapeseed on two separate occasions at the Dorohusk railway station. In addition, near the Medyka checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, Polish farmers stopped a Ukrainian train and proceeded to dump corn grain out of it.

Since November last year, Polish truckers and farmers have regularly held protests, blocking checkpoints on the border with Ukraine. Truckers demand to cancel the benefits granted by the European Union to Ukrainian farmers after February 24, 2022, and agricultural producers - to limit or completely ban the import of cheap products from Ukraine. On February 9, Polish farmers launched new large-scale protests and blocked crossings on the border with Ukraine. Negotiations between specialized Ukrainian and Polish agencies have not yielded any results so far. Kiev made a number of harsh statements to Warsaw, while Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said that the country's authorities would protect the interests of Ukrainian producers if they failed to agree on ending the protests and unblocking the crossing points.