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Crisis on the Polish-Belarus border. Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak on the British troops on the border

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The head of the Ministry of National Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, informed that the engineering troops of Great Britain had begun a reconnaissance on establishing cooperation with Polish soldiers in strengthening the fence on the Polish-Belarusian border.

“Reconnaissance has begun before the support of British engineering troops. Our soldiers will cooperate in strengthening the fence on the Polish-Belarusian border. After the reconnaissance is over, we will inform you about the details” – wrote Błaszczak on Twitter on Friday.

According to information obtained by PAP from the Ministry of Defense, the British, as part of the reconnaissance in Poland, are to determine the specific scope of activities that they will take to support Poles in the situation of the migration crisis on the border with Belarus. The details of their reconnaissance – and therefore the scope of the support they will give us – are to be known next week. As PAP heard in the Ministry of Defense, the intention of their actions is to be “a manifestation of allied solidarity”.


The state of emergency at the border with Belarus

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On Monday morning, the media published information about a large group of migrants walking on the Belarusian side towards the border with Poland. Migrants gathered in the vicinity of Kuźnica. The Ministry of National Defense informed in the afternoon that the services of the Ministry of Interior and Administration and soldiers had managed to stop the first mass attempt to cross the border. The migrants have set up a camp in the Kuźnica region, they are guarded by the Belarusian services.

Report: The crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border

Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure, a state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces adjacent to the border with Belarus. A dam is to be built on the border with Belarus in the first half of 2022.

When reporting on the events at the border, the media can use almost exclusively official government recordings and information. Journalists have no access to the area covered by the state of emergency.

From the beginning of the year, the Border Guard recorded nearly 33 thousand. attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border, of which almost 4.4 thousand. in November, nearly 17.3 thousand. in October, almost 7.7 thous. in September and over 3.5 thousand. in August.

Main photo source: Twitter / @ mblaszczak

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