Over the past two days, Poland recorded almost half a thousand attempts to illegally cross the border with Belarus

Oleksandra Amru

During the previous two days, March 20 and 21, Polish border guards prevented 499 attempts to illegally cross the border with Belarus.

This was reported by the Border Service of Poland.

In the previous days, on March 18 and 19, 242 attempts of illegal entry into Poland from Belarus were recorded.

In 2021, after the introduction of sanctions against Belarus for the falsification of presidential elections, suppression of the opposition and protests, a stream of migrants from the countries of the Middle East rushed to the border of the European Union (Poland, Lithuania, Latvia).

In Europe, they were convinced that the regime of Alexander Lukashenko deliberately created a migration crisis (by increasing flights from the countries of the Middle East) in order to take revenge. Official Minsk blamed the crisis on Europe, which allegedly opened the door for migrants, in particular from Afghanistan captured by the Taliban, and refuses to accept them.

In the fall of 2021, migrants stormed the borders and threw stones at the border guards. The Belarusian authorities brought them crushed stone on trucks and distributed gas canisters, they blinded the Polish border guards with laser pointers and strobe lights, and tried to destroy the border fence.

At the end of 2021, the intensity of the flow of illegal migrants decreased, however, in January 2022, Poland decided to build a wall on the border with Belarus with a length of 186 kilometers and a height of 5.5 meters.