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“Those who want to change the nature of this operation into a military one are allowing themselves to be provoked by Lukashenko.”

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I am aware of the enormous stress that soldiers experience while protecting the border. This is not an action for which they are trained, said Paweł Zalewski (Poland 2050-Third Way) in “Fakty po Faktach”. – What we are talking about today affects both the morale of soldiers and their subsequent readiness for possible further warning shots – said Marcin Przydacz (PiS), referring to the detention of three soldiers near the border with Belarus.

At the turn of March and April, the Military Police detained three soldiers, who fired warning shots during the migrants' attack across the Polish-Belarusian border. During the incident at the border, soldiers repelling the migrants' attack “exceeded their powers by firing at least several shots at them, exposing them to a direct threat of loss of life or health,” the spokeswoman for the prosecutor general said in a statement.

Read more: Shots by soldiers on the border with Belarus. The prosecutor's office details the incident

The decision to detain the soldiers was made without the participation of the prosecutor. Later – based on the video recording – charges were brought against them, she added.

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The guests of “Fakty po Faktach” – deputy head of the Ministry of National Defense Paweł Zalewski (Poland 2050-Third Way) and Marcin Przydacz (PIS).

Zalewski: I am aware of the enormous stress that soldiers experience

Paweł Zalewski stated that the dam built on the border with Belarus during the PiS government “turned out to be an ordinary fence that could be easily overcome.” The deputy head of the Ministry of National Defense said that he “is aware of the enormous stress that accompanies soldiers” while protecting the border. – This is not an action for which they are trained, it is not a war, migrants are not an enemy that needs to be eliminated, it is a police action and the goal is to prevent illegal crossing of the border – he continued.

– When I listen to PiS and Confederation politicians who say: “free the use of weapons at the border”, I remember the example we are talking about now, those soldiers who were charged. They were not charged because they fired warning shots into the air, they were charged because they shot at migrants even when they no longer threatened them and the problem is that they fired across the border, said Zalewski.

– Now let's imagine that we suddenly allow this type of practice and shots will start across the border, as happened in this case, and the Belarusian side will respond and we will have shots on both sides of the border. This is how wars started. All those who want to change the nature of this operation into a de facto military operation, want to worsen the crisis and allow themselves to be provoked by Lukashenko – said the guest of “Fakty po Faktach”.

The deputy head of the Ministry of National Defense also said that “the Minister (of national defense, Władysław – ed.) Kosiniak-Kamysz has decided that soldiers who take part in actions and will be charged with them will have ex officio defense.” – Sometimes it happens that soldiers are unable to bear the tension and stress and make mistakes, but we are with the soldiers – he added.

Przydacz: Today, soldiers are paralyzed by fear of the reaction of the Military Police

– It cannot be that in a situation where warning shots actually take place, the Military Police come and handcuff Polish soldiers like common bandits – said Marcin Przydacz. He added that “what we are talking about today affects both the morale of these soldiers and their subsequent readiness for possible further warning shots.”

Marcin Przydacz and Paweł Zalewski in “Fakty po Faktach” TVN24

– Every soldier will think three times before attacking a migrant whether to fire a warning shot or not, because in a moment it may turn out that the Military Police subordinated to the minister will come, handcuff him and put him in a van – he continued. – In my opinion, soldiers today are paralyzed by fear of the reaction of the Military Police, but what is worse, migrants, those who are in Belarus today or are planning such an arrival, are aware today that this soldier will not fire even a warning shot – said the PiS politician.

– This has the effect of encouraging migrants to come – said Przydacz. The guest of “Fakty po Faktach” also referred to Zalewski's words that the detained soldiers “shot across the border” with Belarus. – I talked to your boss, Prime Minister Kosiniak-Kamysz, and we were informed that the shots were not fired towards the Belarusian border, so either Mr. Kosiniak-Kamysz is misleading us, or you – said Przydacz, turning to the Third Way politician. .

Przydacz about the “very likely” scenario, Siemoniak replies

Marcin Przydacz also talked about the case the death of Mateusz Sitek, a soldier stabbed at the end of May by one of the men who, in a group, tried to breach the steel barrier on the border with Belarus. He stated that “it is highly probable that yesterday at the press conference, Prime Minister Siemoniak had knowledge about the death of this soldier, and told journalists that he was in a critical or very serious condition.”

Siemoniak replied to the PiS politician on social media. “Mr. Przydacz, you accused me on TVN24 of lying yesterday at the press conference, saying that the soldier was in a serious condition, and I knew he was dead. Well, I didn't have any press conference yesterday and I didn't comment on any matter in the media anywhere.” – wrote on the website X.

“Your behavior is simply disgusting. It's a shame that you once held any state functions. I will make sure that you answer in court for your insinuations,” he added.

The press conference was organized on Thursday by the Deputy Prime Minister and the head of the Ministry of National Defense Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz. He discussed the health condition of Mateusz Sitek.

Main photo source: TVN24





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