Migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border. Wednesday

Photo: the Territorial Defense Forces of Poland.
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На русском языке: Мигранты на беларусско-польской границе. Среда
На беларускай мове: Мігранты на беларуска-польскай мяжы. Серада

The editors of motolko.help continue to monitor the situation at the Belarusian-Polish border, where migrants are staying for the third day. Online is conducted in chronological order: the latest news will be at the bottom of the page.

We recall that on Monday, thousands of migrants went towards the Kuznitsa border crossing point. Armed men blocked their way and pushed the migrants into the forest on the territory of Belarus, where they tried to break through the fence and get to Poland. Attempts were unsuccessful and the migrants spread a tent camp along the fence. The first night at the border was relatively calm.

On Tuesday, Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, discussed the situation on the border with Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General. The Polish party declared its readiness to defend its borders. A video appears on the network where armed people from the Belarusian side shoot a machine gun into the air. In the network there is a photo from the border of Konstantin Pridybaylo, the journalist of the Russian TV channel Russia Today, and of Grigory Azarenak, the host on Belarusian STV TV channel . Independent media cannot enter the migrant camp for objective coverage of the situation.


10:28 – People in camouflage uniforms intimidate migrants by shooting into the air.

The Ministry of Defense of Poland has published a video where people in camouflage uniforms on the Belarusian side of the border are seen reloading weapons and shooting into the air intimidating migrants. After that, screams are heard.

11:40 – Full closure of the Belarus-Poland border is being considered.

This was stated by Piotr Muller, the Official Spokesman of the Polish government, to the publication Wirtualna Polska. «The option of complete closure of the border with Belarus is being considered»,– he said.

According to our information, this was considered last night at an emergency meeting of the Polish government. Late in the evening, a commentary was published, where Mateusz Morawiecki, the Prime Minister of Poland, said: «We will do something that will harm Polish entrepreneurs trading with Belarus. We are planning further economic sanctions». Which indirectly confirms the assumption of closing the borders.

11:19 – A man on a stretcher.

In the chat of migrants, a video appears in which people in camouflage uniforms carry a person, presumably a migrant, on a stretcher. In front of them is a man in ambulance form.


12:00 – Migrants are moving north along the fence at the border.

If you move north from the Kuznitsa border crossing point, where the main number of migrants is now located, then in about 50 kilometers you can reach the border of Lithuania.

13:11 – Migrants under control of armed people.

The Ministry of National Defense of Poland has published several videos that show armed men in uniform near migrants from Belarusian side.

Yesterday, officers of the Belarusian services were caught in the lens of the photographer of the Territorial Defense Forces of Poland.

Migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border. Wednesday

Armed men in a migrant camp from Belarusian side. November 9, 2021. / Photo: the Territorial Defense Forces of Poland.

14:10 – Special services of Poland are preparing for the next influx of migrants.

Stanislav Zharyn, the press secretary of the Minister coordinating the work of the Polish special services, said in an interview with Radio Plus that his department is preparing for the next influx of migrant groups from Minsk. A large group of migrants gathered near Kuznitsa is now scattered along the entire border. According to special forces’ estimates, there are now between 10,000 and 15,000 migrants in Belarus who arrived in Belarus through the Minsk Airport in recent months.

«We expect that one of the tactics may be to divide these migrants into different groups in order to organize mass entry into Poland in different places»,– Zharyn added.

14:25 – A video appeared in which shots are heard.

Recently, a video appeared in the telegram chats of migrants, in which migrants were led somewhere in the dark and hurried by machine gun bursts.

Shots from a machine gun can be clearly heard in the video. According to available information, it can be assumed that Belarusian security forces fired, probably in order to push migrants to go faster.

15:10 – The head of the European Commission will discuss the situation on the border with the US President.

Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, will hold a meeting with US President Joe Biden today at 16:00 in Brussels. This is reported by Sky News correspondent Adam Parsons.

The correspondent of the Polish publication RFM24 said that they will discuss the situation on the Polish-Belarusian border during the meeting.

16:57 – Belarusian security forces push migrants along the fence at the border.

Polish border guards have published another video, which shows how Belarusian security forces are pushing migrants along the fence to the north. It is also noted that «foreigners cooperate with the services in order to illegally enter Poland and the EU».

17:32 – Belarusian security forces do not allow ill people to leave the border area.

People write that there’s a family of migrants, one of them in the photo, near the village of Skreblyaki at the Belarusian-Polish border in the forest there . They write that they have no food, they are sick, but the main problem is that the Belarusian security forces do not allow them to leave the border area.

Migrants at the Belarusian-Polish border. Wednesday

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US to impose new sanctions against Belarusian regime in early December

This is  reported by the Polish publication of Wiadomosci with reference to the words of Ursula von der Leyen, the head of the European Commission. Today she held a meeting with US President Joe Biden. The meeting was closed, but after that the head of the European Commission spoke to reporters.

«What is happening at the border is not a migration crisis. This is an attempt by an authoritarian regime to destabilize its democratic neighbors. But this attempt will end in failure»,– the President of the European Commission said.

In addition, the head of the European Commission said that the United States will introduce new sanctions against the regime in Belarus in early December.

«We will extend sanctions against Belarus. U.S. sanctions will be in early December. EU sanctions will target companies. It is important for Lukashenka’s regime to understand that such behavior has its price»,– Ursula von der Leyen said.

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