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The crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border. An armed group of officers in the Kuźnica area, a recording of the Ministry of National Defense

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Armed functionaries of Belarusian services are arriving at the Polish-Belarusian border in the Kuźnica region, informed the Polish Ministry of National Defense. The ministry also published a video showing an armed group.

The Ministry of National Defense published on Saturday afternoon a recording from the Polish-Belarusian border, which – according to the Ministry of National Defense – was made in the Kuźnica area.

The recording shows about 25 Belarusian officers led by the commander. They cross the metal fence and walk along the barbed wire barrier. Some of them have weapons.

Migrant camp near Kuźnica

A group of migrants has been wandering around Kuźnica since Monday. Initially, the Border Guard announced that there were about 800 of them. On Friday, the spokeswoman for the Podlasie Border Guard Unit, Major Katarzyna Zdanowicz, announced that their number had already exceeded 1,000.

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Migrants are watched over by the Belarusian services. Since Monday, there have been several attempts to break through the border, which were stopped by Polish officials.

Migrant camp near Kuźnica. Recording from the helicopterPodlasie police


A state of emergency and journalists are not allowed to enter

Since September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus, 183 localities of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships have been in a state of emergency. Under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers, the state of emergency was first introduced for 30 days, and then at the end of September the Sejm agreed to extend it by another 60.

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

Minister of the Interior Mariusz Kamiński he said on Saturday on the RMF FM radio that journalists from editorial offices that have nationwide coverage will be able to work in the border area on the terms specified by the Border Guard. Such a possibility is to be introduced by the amendment to the act on border protection, which will apply after the end of the state of emergency.

Main photo source: Twitter @MON_GOV_PL

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