The Polish services on the border with Belarus have been put on high alert, about 15,000 officers are on the spot. The Border Guard is assisted by soldiers from, among others, the 16th mechanized division and the 18th so-called Iron Division. There are also the Territorial Defense Forces as part of the Strong Support operation. Material of the magazine “Polska i Świat”.
The photos from the Polish services clearly show that the Polish border is no longer protected only by the Border Guard. – In total, we are talking about about 15 thousand officers and soldiers – emphasizes the spokesman of the minister coordinator of special services Stanisław Żaryn.
Military expert Juliusz Sabak points out that the military police could also be seen near the fence built on the border with Belarus. “A unit equipped with crowd-fighting equipment,” he adds.
It was the policemen who repelled the first mass break of the border. – Nobody tells you to shoot here. Nobody will let you use a gun. Here you need to know how to stop a person, how to put handcuffs on him or use a water cannon – says the director of the Institute for Security and International Development, gen. Prof. Bogusław Pacek.
It is the police who are prepared to contain aggressive groups. “The crowd was repelled by policemen from Białystok, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk and Łódź” – the police informs on Twitter.
– The policemen are well armed. They have shields, and helmets, and a shield for their faces and knees. In the case of soldiers, there are no such covers – points out the expert of the defense24.pl portal, Lieutenant Commander Maksymilian Dura.
The army supports the activities of the services on the border with Belarus
Outside of the gendarmerie, the army is not trained to do such interventions against civilians. Often, soldiers are delegated here to other tasks. – It is the army, not the Border Guard, who has experience in erecting barbed wire barriers, and in this case from such a special tape – admits Juliusz Sabak.
The military often has to repair it again, it’s a 24-hour service. “We can also see after dark. We use night vision and thermal imaging devices to observe the Polish-Belarusian border,” the 18th Mechanized Division assures on Twitter.
The prime minister wanted to thank them personally, which is why he visited soldiers on the eastern border at sunrise. “You are a key stronghold for us, a key redoubt,” he said.
Eight thousand soldiers of the Territorial Defense Forces are on standby
In total, soldiers from the 16th mechanized division and the 18th so-called Iron Division as well as the Territorial Defense Forces as part of the Strong Support operation help at the Polish border. – These tasks do not require training of a tanker or a pilot, but just the Territorial Defense Forces – believes General Prof. Bogusław Pacek.
Therefore, even more Territorial Defense Forces may appear on the border. Nearly eight thousand more volunteers are on standby since Monday. – They must be prepared for the fact that at some point they will stand in front of a crowd of people, and they do not have to be men – points out Lieutenant Commander Maximilian Dura.
The deputies also thanked all those who serve on the Polish border with applause.
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.
Main photo source: Twitter / MON_GOV_PL