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Polish military deployed to Belarus border amid migrant surge


Greater than 900 Polish troops are concerned within the operation, which comes after EU members accused Minsk of opening the gates.

Poland has deployed lots of of troops to help its border guards on the frontier with Belarus as a surge of refugees and migrants sought to enter the nation.

Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak mentioned on Wednesday that greater than 900 Polish troops had been concerned within the operation.

It’s understood that a lot of the refugees and migrants attempting to cross are from Iraq.

Late on Tuesday, a Polish deputy inside minister tweeted that the border with Belarus is sealed and that the troopers have been there for every week.

Poland, like Lithuania and different Baltic nations, accuses the authoritarian authorities of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of sending folks throughout their borders.

They consider Minsk’s strikes are retaliatory.

The European Union imposed sanctions on Belarus following a disputed presidential election final yr – which the West noticed as rigged, in addition to for harsh repressions on Belarusian protesters.

On Wednesday, EU ministers additionally held emergency talks “to find out concrete measures and types of help to the affected states in managing and containing unlawful crossings on the border with Belarus, additionally from the facet of safety at this part of the exterior EU border,” the Slovenian EU presidency mentioned.

Greater than 4,100 refugees and migrants have arrived in Lithuania up to now this yr [File: Mindaugas Kulbis/AP]

Greater than 4,100 refugees and migrants have arrived in Lithuania up to now this yr and are being sheltered in momentary camps throughout the nation.

Lithuania’s border guard service launched video footage on Wednesday which it mentioned reveals that migrants are being pushed throughout the border into EU territory by Belarus riot police.

After talks with Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte on Wednesday, EU Parliament President David Sassoli accused Lukashenko, as soon as dubbed Europe’s final dictator, of “exploiting these poor folks, women and men.”

“I’ve seen these outrageous actions when officers push folks throughout the border. It’s each a problem of human rights, and in addition a query of defending the border of the EU,” Sassoli mentioned. “It’s an organised exercise of the Lukashenko regime.”

On the eve of the assembly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas accused Lukashenko of launching a “hybrid assault” towards the 27-nation bloc by channelling migrants to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland in retaliation over the EU’s sanctions.

“We agree that that is hybrid aggression that makes use of human beings,” Merkel mentioned after their talks in Berlin.

Kallas mentioned that “that is no refugee disaster, however it is a hybrid assault on the European Union.”

Merkel mentioned she would increase the difficulty with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday.