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Polish-Belarusian border. Border training: a Belarusian patrol fired shots at Polish soldiers

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Belarusian services fired shots at Polish soldiers. It was probably blind ammunition – said a spokeswoman for the Border Guard, Second Lieutenant Anna Michalska, describing the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border. Nothing happened to anyone, she added.

At a joint conference with the spokesman of the minister-coordinator of special services, the spokeswoman of the Border Guard, 2nd Lt. Anna Michalska presented the current situation on the Polish-Belarusian border.

She informed that on Thursday “a patrol of Belarusian services fired shots at soldiers of the Polish Army who are patrolling the border together with Border Guard officers.” – Probably it was using blank ammunition. Nothing happened to anyone – she said. As she added, the shots could have been intentionally missed. Michalska said that “there are more and more of these provocations”.

State of emergency on the eastern borderPAP

State of emergency

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On September 2, a state of emergency was introduced in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces in the border zone with Belarus. It was extended on October 1 for another 60 days. Government officials justified the need to introduce a state of emergency, inter alia, by the fact that Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime is waging a hybrid war, using migrants mainly brought from the Middle East and then sent to the border with Poland to cross it illegally.

Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East, Africa and other regions has increased sharply. The EU and its member states believe that this is the result of deliberate actions by Belarus in response to the sanctions. The Polish Border Guard records more and more people who try to get to Poland from Belarus illegally. Over a dozen thousand such attempts have been recorded since August. People suspected of aiding in illegal border crossing are also detained – this month alone there are 57 people.

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