According to Warsaw, the migrants tried several times to cross the border several times during the night

Warsaw expects an influx of other migrants from Minsk. According to the Polish authorities, those who are already at the border are divided into smaller groups. Belarus, on the other hand, has again accused Poland of brutally treating migrants.

“It was not a quiet night, there were many attempts to cross the Polish border. According to the reports of the military commanders and what we know from the reports of the border guards, it follows that all those who penetrated were detained,” said Minister Blaszczak. According to him, about 15,000 soldiers are now deployed on the Polish side of the border instead of the previous 12,000.

In the vicinity of Krynek and Bialowież, two groups of migrants, according to the radio, arrived in Poland after overcoming the barriers. “Some people managed to cross the border. They were all detained,” Michal Tokarczyk of the border guard told TVN 24. According to Reuters, Polish security forces returned two migrant groups to Belarus after midnight. There were about 200 people in one and two dozen in the other.

TVN 24 reported that according to Polish troops reinforcing the border, migrants are under constant surveillance by members of the Belarusian security forces and militants in Belarusian uniforms form a cordon behind the backs of migrants, ie on their way to the Belarusian interior. In the afternoon, the Polish Border Guard released a video of refugees passing the border barrier and accompanied by men in uniform. “Another example of targeting Belarusian services at migrants and cooperation of foreigners with these services in order to get to Poland and the EU illegally,” she commented on the footage.

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However, information about what is happening at the borders is difficult to verify, because there is a state of emergency on the Polish border, so the media and humanitarian organizations do not have access to the area. As of today, a state of emergency also applies in the border zone of neighboring Lithuania, which has found itself in a similar situation as Poland. Vilnius announced that 281 migrants had returned to Belarus on Tuesday. This is the highest number since August, Reuters reported.

Stanislaw Žaryn, a spokesman for the Polish secret services coordinator, described the situation near Kuźnica Bialostocka as dynamic on Radio Plus today. According to him, Warsaw expects the influx of other migrants who are allegedly preparing for this trip to Minsk. “We expect the group of immigrants to grow in the coming days or even hours,” said a spokesman, who said 10,000 to 15,000 migrants had arrived in Belarus in recent months. According to the BBC server, 4,000 migrants were stranded in the village of Kuźnica Bialostocka.

According to AFP, the head of the Polish Ministry of Defense, Blaszczak, described that after Monday’s unsuccessful attempt at a mass crossing, smaller groups are now trying to cross the border. “We know that some of the immigrants have been divided into smaller groups, which will serve to spread the crisis situation on the border line,” said spokesman Zaryn. The Ministry of Defense accuses Belarus of intimidating migrants in forcing them to cross the border.

By contrast, the Belarusian border guard again accused the Polish side of brutally treating migrants, as evidenced by footage of four bloody Kurdish refugees. The concentration of troops on both sides of the border raises concerns about the escalation of the situation, and Warsaw accuses Moscow, Minsk’s main ally, of being behind the current crisis, the AFP agency said.

Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and other European Union countries blame Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime for using migrants in a “hybrid attack” in retaliation for sanctions imposed by the EU on Minsk for human rights abuses in suppressing protests after last year’s presidential election.


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