На русском языке:
Тысячи мигрантов пытаются прорваться в ЕС. Хроника понедельника
На беларускай мове: Тысячы мігрантаў спрабуюць прабрацца ў ЕС. Хроніка панядзелка
This morning, near the border crossing Bruzgi-Kuznitsa M6 Grodno, a large group of migrants was seen moving towards the border with Poland. These are mainly Iraqi Kurds, young men with hiking backpacks, women and children are less common. The convoy is accompanied by armed officers of the Border Committee of Belarus. At the checkpoint itself, they blocked the passage for migrants and began to push them into the forest.
Our video with a short chronology of the events. You can read the details on the online broadcast.
In the morning, the migrants left the forest in the border zone with Poland and headed towards the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa checkpoint.
Then the group of migrants moved towards the border with Poland.
Armed men blocked traffic to the border-crossing in the direction of Poland.
The State Border Committee of Belarus officially confirmed that at the moment a large group of refugees with stuff is moving along the highway to the border with Poland and commented on what is happening in a peculiar way:
«Poland’s border guard has repeatedly reported on how it is displacing thousands of migrants to the border with Belarus. Such a step of despair of the refugees was prompted by the indifference and inhuman attitude of the Polish authorities. The Belarusian side is taking the necessary measures to ensure the smooth functioning of international communication channels, as well as the safety of people moving along the highway».
Based on this message, it can be concluded that the State Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus itself provided armed guard for migrants.
Meanwhile, hundreds of migrants sit on the slopes and stand on the road to the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa checkpoint.
Reaction of the Polish authorities
Piotr Wawzhyk, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, called what was happening a provocation of the Belarusian side. He is sure that «the Belarusian authorities are striving for an escalation that will lead to the death of people on at least one of the sides«. He said this in an interview with Polish Radio.
Stanislaw Zharyn, the Minister-coordinator of the special services of Poland, called what is happening «the largest attempt of a military invasion of Poland».
A state of emergency on the Polish-Belarusian border was declared.
This was written on Twitter by Mariush Blashchak, the head of the Ministry of Defense of the Poland. According to him, now more than 12 thousand Polish soldiers are on duty at the border.
— Mariusz Błaszczak (@mblaszczak) November 8, 2021
As at 10:30 a.m., all soldiers of the Polish territorial defense troops along the Belarusian border have been transferred to 6-hour readiness. This was reported on Twitter department.
«Soldiers! Check the equipment and means of communication, inform employers and loved ones!»
Podnosimy alert gotowości naszych sił do wsparcia @Straz_Graniczna!
Od g. 10.30 100% żołnierzy 1,2,4 BOT jest w 6-godzinnej got. do działania.
Żołnierze! Sprawdźcie wyposażenie i środki łączności, powiadomcie pracodawców i bliskich!#terytorialsi #SilneWsparcie pic.twitter.com/jBd9Hws3P8
— Terytorialsi — Zawsze gotowi, zawsze blisko! (@terytorialsi) November 8, 2021
Migrants who were moving to the border with Poland were forced to turn towards the forest for 200-300 meters from the checkpoint. Now there are about a thousand people under the «supervision» of armed persons who blocked traffic to the Border Crossing of Bruzgi. Online cameras show that there is no one near the border crossing it.
Armed officers of the Belarusian Border Committee lined the road with dogs so that migrants were forced to turn into the forest.
A large reinforcement in the form of employees of the Internal troops of the Republic of Belarus arrived at the border with Poland. The video was shot at the Bruzgi border crossing.
Vitaliy Stasyukevich, the head of public security at the Department of Internal Affairs of the Grodno Regional Executive Committee, who led the suppression of protests in Grodno, was seen at the border with Poland, the Telegram channel Probel.pl reports .
Meanwhile, in Minsk, OSAM vans (a Special active events service that specializes in combating terrorist activities) are leaving the fenced territory at Yakubovsky, 20, presumably in order to head to the Belarusian-Polish border.
Fake from the Border Committee: «Migrants are already in Poland»
The pro-Kremlin newspaper «Sputnik Belarus» with reference to the Border Committee of the Republic of Belarus reports that the column of migrants allegedly crossed the border and has already got to Poland, and the cordon has been removed from the Belarusian side.
The information looks very suspicious. Motolko.help continues to receive videos with migrants on the Belarusian side of the border. In addition, migrants send us their locations, and it is obvious from them that the group did not cross the border with the EU.
The group of migrants is located here / Motolko.help
The Ministry of Defense of Poland has also posted a helicopter video on Twitter that shows migrants on the Belarusian side of the border.
Grupa migrantów znajduje się obecnie w okolicach Kuźnicy pic.twitter.com/w5VxXp9QqQ
— Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej 🇵🇱 (@MON_GOV_PL) November 8, 2021
It is reported that now at the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa checkpoint the procedure of registration of cars is stopped. The border crossing does not work.
Migrants surrounded by armed Security Forces of Belarus on the territory of Belarus / Motolko.help
In the pro-regime Telegram channels, a video of the ONT TV channel is distributed, in which migrants allegedly cross the Belarusian-Polish border through a hole in the fence. Our source, who earlier served on the Belarusian-Polish border, a border guard, exposed this fake. The fence caught in the video is of the Belarusian side of the border and, bypassing it, the migrants fell into a neutral strip between the states.
Franak Vyachorka, the Counselor to Svetlana Tihanovskaya, suggested to the authorities of Poland and Lithuania take action in response to the escalation of the migration crisis:
- Urgently stop freight traffic (cars and trains) until the situation on the border with the EU stabilizes;
- Impose sanctions on the banks and law enforcement agencies of the regime, responsible for the smuggling of migrants.
What could 🇵🇱 & 🇱🇹 do in response to the migrant crisis that Lukashenka created?
➡️ Urgently stop freight traffic (cars&trains) until the situation stabilizes at the borders with 🇪🇺
➡️ Sanction the regime’s banks & law enforcement agencies responsible for the migrant smuggling. pic.twitter.com/h6ZSJkFU9F
— Franak Viačorka (@franakviacorka) November 8, 2021
Ministry of the Interior and Administration of Poland released a video saying border guards had prevented migrants from trying to break into Poland south of the Border Crossing in Kuznitsa. The situation is under control. The video shows how a plastic bottle with a clear liquid flies towards the Polish side from behind the fence.
🔴 PILNE | Polskie służby udaremniły próbę siłowego przedarcia się na polską stronę przez migrantów na południe od przejścia granicznego w Kuźnicy. Sytuacja została opanowana. pic.twitter.com/iJNvufd524
— MSWiA (@MSWiA_GOV_PL) November 8, 2021
Mariush Kaminski, Poland’s Minister of the Interior and Administration, tweeted that they have been monitoring the situation in Kuznitsa for several days and are ready for any course of events. «Tough border protection is our priority. We increased the number of border guards, police and soldiers. We are waiting in full readiness«,– Kaminski said.
Monitorujemy sytuację w Kuźnicy od kilku dni i jesteśmy przygotowani na każdy scenariusz. Twarda obrona granicy jest naszym priorytetem. Zwiększyliśmy liczbę funkcjonariuszy Straży Granicznej, policjantów i żołnierzy. Czekamy w pełnej gotowości.
— Mariusz Kamiński (@Kaminski_M_) November 8, 2021