The whole world observed how the determined activists managed to restrain a huge number of trucks heading to Russia, the aggressor country that started a full-scale bloody war on February 24 in Ukraine. Young girls and boys blocked the border between Belarus and Russia and literally became a human shield not to let a single truck pass through.
Svitlana Maistruk, one of the volunteers who spent the day and night there, shared her story with ANTS - National Interests Advocacy Network.
“We came to the call of a Polish truck driver, he appealed to Ukrainian activists in Warsaw to note the huge flow of goods from the EU to Russia across the Polish-Belarusian border”.
According to him, the trucks could carry sanctioned goods. Therefore, several dozen activists gathered in the Kukuryky-Kozlovychi border checkpoint on March 12 to prevent this. Of course, the flow of freight transport to Belarus (read - Russia) was, indeed, huge - so the activists decided to block the passage. Police came to the rescue to help deter aggressive russian drivers. Drivers threatened us, called us “nazis” ... Just imagine, as a result of the first three days of the blockade, the queue of trucks was already 30 kilometers long.
Just the following weekend, 400 hundred Ukrainians appeared at the checkpoint and again managed to completely block the passage, demanding that the EU leadership impose a trade embargo on the aggressor state, as every euro from such trade feeds the killer’s economy. Authorities in Poland and Lithuania supported the protesters' demands and appealed to the European Council and the European Commission to impose a trade embargo on the racists. The biggest opponent of this decision was Germany. Therefore, activists who organized the border blockade on March 29 handed the German Chancellor a letter, signed by dozens of NGOs in Ukraine and Poland demanding an end to trade with the occupier. They also send there a new pair of shoes for a girl, who died in Mariupol, as a symbolic move, hinting that Germany can sell it to russia as well. Activists continued to put pressure on Germany and other countries that opposed the trade blockade and, accordingly, continued to support the aggressor's economy.
Our victory was there to come soon. Thanks to the joint efforts of volunteers, we have assured justice is there. By a decision of the Council of the EU, Russian and Belarusian trucks, which were on the territory of the EU as of April 9, were ordered to leave the territory of the Union by April 16. This means that any road transport company established in Russia is prohibited from transporting goods via roads across the territory of the Union, including transit. A similar decision applies to Belarus. "
Activists do not intend to stop on this point. They’ve promised to keep under control how each and every EU member state will be complying with the established transport ban, as well as to put pressure on the European Union to impose full embargo on Russian gas, oil and coal. There are also plans to put even more pressure on companies still operating in Russia.
Illustration for publication by Dmytro Derkach.