Truck drivers who turned their vehicles around and headed back to mainland Ukraine were instructed to make for the Rostov region and Kerch ferry crossing to reach Crimea.

Due to the antiterrorist operation currently underway in eastern Ukraine, the new route will run from Kharkov to Rostov and onwards to the Taman peninsula and Kerch via a ferry crossing. It will cost more money for the owners and take more time for the truck drivers to deliver the shipments. However, it will cost them even more to stand idle on the border, especially as the trucks have no way of reaching Crimea via the Kherson region due to the blockade.

It is logical to assume that the goods supplied in such a manner will come to be more expensive eventually. Owners of the shipments are also wary of the upcoming storm season which might make a negative impact on the ferry services in Kerch.