Poland is preparing for a major offensive by migrants on its border with Belarus tonight, after receiving information about a “huge gathering of enemy troops”, the Daily Mail and Reuters reported.
Polish border forces claim that their Belarusian counterparts are giving instructions, equipment and weapons to thousands of blocked migrantsto make their way to the EU.
It is considered that the attack is planned for the Kuznica border, one of the two main checkpoints from Poland to Belarus.
A spokesman for the Polish border forces commented that “after a quiet night in the vicinity of the Kuznica camp, we are currently seeing that there are also groups of armed officers from the Belarusian services. We notice excitement among migrants. There is also a minibus for television broadcasting. “
“Some tents begin to disappear. Migrants receive instructions, equipment and gas from the Belarusian services.
“You can see that the country of Belarus is preparing today for a great attempt to cross the border. Our forces are ready for action.”
This happened after the Polish border forces said that Belarusian soldiers organized two mass migrant incursions into Poland last nightin which about 77 people were detained and deported. Approximately 150 others have escaped capture and are now seeking asylum in the EU country.
Security Minister Stanislav Zarin said that “on the side of Belarus more people appear on the border with Polandwhich escalates the situation “.
Poland’s Ministry of National Defense released a video showing hundreds of migrants behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian side of the border, saying: “Additional Belarusian officials have arrived in the Kuznica area. There is a noticeable movement among migrants“.
About 50 migrants allegedly broke through the Polish-Belarusian border near the village of Starzhina on Saturday.
Poland has nearly 15,000 soldiers, border guards and border guards.
The NGO Grupa Granica said in a statement that it had received information about attempts by Belarus to force migrants to use violence against Polish authorities. “Because of the risk of escalating violence, we want to remind all countries that migrants are not aggressors but hostages of the Lukashenko regime,” it said.
A spokesman for Belarus’s State Border Guard Committee, Anton Bichkovsky, said the allegations were misinformation. “This is not true,” he said
The Polish prime minister today called on NATO to take “concrete steps“to resolve the migrant crisis on the border with Belarus, adding that Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may request consultations under Article 4 of the Alliance Treaty.
Poland is calling for concrete steps by NATO to resolve the crisis with Belarusian migrants
Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may request consultations under Article 4 of the NATO Treaty
According to Article 4, any ally may request consultations when it feels that its territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.
“It is not enough just to express our concerns publicly – we now need concrete steps and the commitment of the whole alliance“, said Mateusz Moravecki.
Morawiecki’s remarks came this morning after Belarusian authorities ordered troops to help asylum seekers break through the border fence at two remote locations last night near the towns of Dubicze Cerkiewne and Kolonia Klulowicze, far from Poland’s main focus.
A border force spokesman told MailOnline: “Last night there were two attempts to cross the border from Belarus by force, в Dubicze Cerkiewne и Kolonia Klukovichy.
“Yesterday we registered 223 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus. Deportation orders were issued from the Republic of Poland to 77 people.” The speaker could not explain what happened to the other 146 who passed illegally in Poland.
Yesterday Warsaw reveals how Belarus is arming migrants with tear gas and demolished border posts to push asylum seekers across the border into Poland.
Engineers from the British Army are helping Poland to strengthen your border while Russian paratroopers conducted a military exercise near the border in a demonstration of support for Belarus.
A task force of up to 600 British troops is ready for deployment in Ukraine amid fears that Russian troops gathering near the border were planning an invasion.
SAS units and the parachute regiment are preparing for emergency deployment, after the chiefs of defense and the chief of MI6 informed Downing Street that the movement of Russian troops poses a clear and present danger for Ukraine and the West.
“The high-readiness element of the brigade was told that it might need to be deployed in a very short time,” a source told the Mirror.
“Between 400 and 600 soldiers are ready. Their equipment is packed and they are ready to fly to Ukraine and land or parachute.. They are trained in both cases.
This comes amid growing tensions in Europe, as Foreign Minister Liz Truss called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to intervene in the “shameful crisis with artificial migrants” unfolding on the border between Belarus and Poland.
Today, Liz Truss announced that Russia has a “clear responsibility” to end the escalating confrontation with migrants, adding that the United Kingdom “will not look away” as large numbers of migrants gather on the Belarusian side of the border, with Polish authorities announcing daily new attempts by migrants to overcome the division.