Migrant crisis at Belarus-Poland border worsens, dozens break through fence

17:25, 12 November 2021
Migrant crisis at Belarus-Poland border worsens, dozens break through fence Photo: Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA/TASS

Thousands of migrants are stuck at the border between Belarus and Poland as European countries and the US accuse the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko of orchestrating the whole situation in order to put pressure on the EU over sanctions.

At least 4,300 border crossing attempts were recorded this month alone.

Most of the breaching attempts are being intercepted by Polish officers.

In one of the breaching attempts migrants with sticks broke barbed wire and refused to respond to the officer's demand of leaving the area. When one of the officers asked a migrant to leave, the response was “kill me.” 

Tensions between Polish and Belorussian border patrol agents are growing as recently Belurussian security forces allegedly directed lasers at Polish officers in an attempt to taunt them.

Lukashenko, however, denies the allegations and instead put the blame on the EU for its maltreatment of migrants at the border.

Russia denies any involvement and stands with Belarus saying that all of its actions are completely legal.

"[Russia] has nothing to do with what is happening on the border of Belarus and Poland," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement. 

The Polish government has also come under fire from humanitarian organizations as it is sending the migrants back and refusing to give them asylum.

As the US and the EU are preparing new sanctions and Ukraine is holding military drills near the borders of Belarus and Poland, the situation is getting worse.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ representative Mulusew Mamo said that the situation is catastrophic and it is expected to get even worse in the next few days.  

“Something must be done. The supplies of humanitarian aid that we are bringing through the Red Cross will continue for the next days," he said in a statement.

Following the EU’s threat to sanction airlines that are allegedly participating in the worsening of the crisis the Belarussian state air company Belavia banned Syrians, Yemenis and Iraqis flying from Turkey.

The migrants have formed camps with tents that turned into semi-autonomous living areas. 

Special operations which provide immigrants with food and wood for lighting fires were caught on videos, which some consider to be proof that the crisis is being formed by Belarus.