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Ministry of National Defense: state flags in military units lowered to half-mast

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State flags in all military units subordinated to the Ministry of National Defense, as a sign of mourning for the deceased soldier, were lowered to half-mast today from… 6 p.m. until midnight tomorrow. The Ministry of Defense announced the mourning on Thursday.

As the Ministry of National Defense announced on Thursday, “as a sign of mourning for the deceased soldier, by decision of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, today from 6 p.m. local time until tomorrow midnight, state flags will be lowered to half-mast in all military units subordinated to the Ministry of National Defense.

Death of a Polish soldier

On Thursday, a private of the 1st Warsaw Armored Brigade died in Warsaw, wounded with a knife on May 28 on the border with Belarus. The soldier was attacked on the section of the border near Dubicze Cerkiewne (Podlaskie Voivodeship) by one of the men who, in a group, tried to break through a steel barrier. When the soldier was blocking a breach in the steel barrier on the border using a protective shield, the perpetrator – after putting his hand through the fence – stabbed him in the chest area. The knife was stuck in the soldier's body. Branches and stones were thrown towards the injured man and the Border Guard officer who was helping him. On Thursday morning, the head of the Ministry of National Defense and the deputy prime minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz reported that the soldier was transported from the hospital in Hajnówka to the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw. The injured man's condition was still very serious. In the afternoon, the General Command of the Armed Forces announced that the soldier had died.

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