Ukraine has threatened a harsh response if migrants approach their border


Polish border guards

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Denis Monastyrsky, stated that in the case of the scenario of “artificial” movement of migrants towards the border of his country, the reaction of the security forces will be sharp.

– We do not rule out the possibility of such a scenario on the Ukrainian border, so the response and reaction of the Ukrainian authorities for maintaining public order and peace will be quite rough and clear – Monastirski warned.

At the same time, he announced that Ukraine will double the number of border guards at the state border due to the danger of illegal migration from Belarus.

– Serious reserves of the National Guard and the National Police will also be engaged, which will be located near the border. It is about their deployment there… There will also be active mobile groups that will move along the border in order to detect illegal border crossing – the Minister announced.

He added that in the near future, territorial defense units will be engaged in the border regions with Belarus in order to perform exercises in case of entry of illegal migrants into the territory of Ukraine.

According to Deputy Interior Minister Evgeni Enjin, the migrant crisis could escalate at any moment.

– Our border will be secured by about 8,500 soldiers. It is primarily about the state border service, members of the National Guard, the National Police – said Enjin.

He added that, according to the data of the Ukrainian intelligence services, there are about 5,000 migrants from the countries of the Middle East in Belarus.

The State Border Committee of Belarus announced on Monday that a large group of refugees from the countries of the East and Africa went to the border of Belarus with Poland. In the evening, the border service announced that the situation with refugees on the border with Poland is still extremely tense: more than two thousand refugees, including a significant number of women and children, stopped in front of the Polish fence on the border.

The Polish security forces do not let them through, and the migrants tried several times to cut the barbed wire and enter Poland.

Source: Vesti online by

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