An employee of the Romanian grain handling operator Comvex oversees the unloading of Ukrainian cereals from a barge in the Black Sea port of Constanta, Romania, on June 21, 2022. Five European Union countries will extend their ban on Ukrainian grain to protect their farmers’ interests. But agriculture ministers from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania said Wednesday, July 19, 2023 that food can still move through their land to parts of the world in need after Russia pulled out of a deal allowing Black Sea shipments. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File) 

Politico: Blockaded on all fronts: Poland and Hungary threaten to cut Ukraine’s export route to the West  

Eastern EU members again break solidarity with Kyiv after Russia reimposes blockade on Ukraine’s Black Sea ports. 

As Russia once again bombards and blockades Ukraine’s Black Sea ports — through which the country exports its vast agricultural produce — Poland and Hungary threaten to cut off the country’s western exit routes. 

Poland will unilaterally block trade with Ukraine if the European Commission fails to extend temporary restrictions on grain imports at least until the end of the year, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told a meeting of agriculture ministers from five Eastern EU countries in Warsaw on Wednesday. 

“I want to make it clear,” Morawiecki told reporters, “we will not open our border. Either the European Commission will agree to jointly work out regulations that will extend this ban, or we will do it ourselves.”  

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WNU Editor: Five European countries (Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria) are making it very clear that they are not going to let cheap Ukraine grain imports undermine their farmers’ interests. 

Needless to say. The Kyiv government is furious …. Kyiv Condemns ‘Unfriendly’ Polish Decision to Extend Ukrainian Grain Ban (Reuters). 

Five European Countries Threaten To Cut Ukraine’s Grain Export Route To The West  

Five European countries will extend ban on Ukraine’s grain — AP

Ukraine’s neighbors urge EU to extend grain import ban set to expire in September — AFP 

EU faces call to continue Ukrainian grain imports ban in central Europe — Reuters

Polish PM: Poland will ‘not open border’ to Ukrainian grain if EU ban not extended — Kyiv Independent

Poland to close border with Ukraine if EU doesn’t extend grain ban – Polish Prime Minister — Ukrainska Pravda

The grain war is in full swing – Poland won’t open borders for Ukraine’s agriculture — New Voice Of Ukraine