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Polish soldier stabbed at Belarus border

28.05.2024 11:00
In an incident on the Poland-Belarus border, a Polish soldier was hospitalized after being stabbed by a person attempting to cross the border illegally, officials said on Tuesday.
Photo:Twitter/Polish Border Guard

The soldier's injuries, though serious, are not life-threatening, public broadcaster Polish Radio’s IAR news agency reported.

The attack occurred amid increasing migration pressures and aggression in the area, Deputy Interior Minister Czesław Mroczek told Polish Radio on Tuesday morning.

He highlighted the rising challenges at the border, exacerbated by organized large-scale attempts to cross, apparently supported by Belarusian forces.

Mroczek said that the Belarusian government's involvement in these migration issues poses a significant diplomatic and security challenge.

Mroczek accused Belarus of not only turning a blind eye but actively facilitating the movement of migrants to the Polish border as a form of hybrid warfare aimed at destabilizing the region.

According to Poland's Border Guard agency, over 13,000 people have attempted to illegally cross into Poland from Belarus this year, with a noticeable increase in recent days.

Observers attribute this to Russia increasing pressure on European Union countries ahead of the upcoming EU elections.

This latest incident further intensifies the already strained relations between Poland and Belarus, as the government in Warsaw continues to advocate for stronger international measures to address these acts.

The Polish government's efforts to enhance border security include deploying additional physical and electronic barriers and surveillance systems.


Source: polskieradio24.pl