Ukraine mobilization law spurs trucker protest, disrupts Kyiv highway in Odesa Oblast

Truck drivers block Odesa-Kyiv highway on May 18
Truck drivers block Odesa-Kyiv highway on May 18

Truckers staged a protest against the law on mobilization, with trucks blocking the highway to Kyiv near the village of Savran in Odesa Oblast, as well as in Kirovohrad Oblast, public broadcaster Suspilne reported on May 18.

Law enforcement officers are present at the scene.

The highway was partially blocked – one lane was free for traffic, National Police spokesperson Olena Berezhna clarified in a comment to Suspilne.

Some truckers have gathered in Kirovohrad Oblast, and some in Odesa Oblast.

Read also: Ukraine tightens penalties on draft dodging as Zelenskyy signs new law

According to eyewitnesses, hundreds of trucks are on the highway against the "draconian law of the authorities" on mobilization. Drivers from almost all regions of Ukraine came to the protest, the Telegram channel Our Odesa reports.

Traffic on the Kyiv-Odesa highway has been restored as of 5 p.m., Vitalina Bevzenko, a spokeswoman for the National Police in Kirovohrad Oblast, told Suspilne.

Read also: New mobilization bill effective date revealed

In a comment to RBC-Ukraine, Berezhna said that about 100 trucks were standing on both sides of the road in Kirovohrad Oblast. Traffic was not blocked, and the roads were passable. Currently, about 15 vehicles reportedly remain on the road.

The new law on mobilization came into force in Ukraine on May 18. It provides for the need to update military registration data for men aged 18-60, the obligation to carry military registration documents at all times, new rules for serving draft summonses, reservations, restrictions on draft dodgers, and more.

We’re bringing the voice of Ukraine to the world. Support us with a one-time donation, or become a Patron!

Read the original article on The New Voice of Ukraine