Due to the blockade of the border by Polish carriers, charitable and non-governmental organizations that provide military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine have faced weeks of delays in critical supplies of drones, electronics, and pickup trucks. This was reported by Reuters.
Taras Chmut, the head of Ukraine's largest charity fund for the military, "Come Back Alive", told the agency that dozens of night vision systems and pickup trucks, as well as hundreds of drones purchased by the fund, have been stuck at the border for several weeks.
"It's not good because they are tied to projects, terms, and deadlines. Something is moving forward, but slower than before," Chmut said.
According to him, the "Come Back Alive" foundation is trying to negotiate with the Polish authorities for unimpeded passage of their aid, as Kyiv has no choice but to import many necessary items from abroad.
"Pickup trucks all come from abroad, night vision kits all come from abroad... FPV drones generally come from abroad, and this (the blockade of the border - ed.) slows down our work," said the head of the foundation.
Viktor Dolgopyatov, head of the "Engineering Corps", noted that the blockade affects not only supplies but also military equipment manufacturers. He emphasized that delays in the supply of components affect the work of companies involved in defense projects.
To circumvent the blockade, it is possible to transport goods by ordinary cars, but it will significantly increase the cost.
According to Anatoliy Akulov, head of the "Ukraine in Armor" Foundation, the cost of transportation from Poland to Ukraine has increased from $1,700-2,300 per container in November to approximately $5,000.
Akulov emphasized that the delays in deliveries are affecting the military projects and humanitarian aid sectors. Cargoes, including fishing nets to protect against drones, have been waiting at the border for three weeks.