11.00 a.m. A spokeswoman for the Border Guard informed about the possibility of allowing journalists to enter the area covered by the state of emergency. “The approvals will be issued by the commanders of the institutions, we will still talk about what it will look like, but we certainly know that it will not be large groups of journalists. (…) I cannot imagine that 170 editorial offices will enter the border for us” – Anna Michalska said on Radio Plus.
10.00 a.m. Stanisław Żaryn, spokesman of the Minister-Coordinator of Special Services, commented sharply on the publication that appeared on the BBC website: “Crisis on the Polish border. What happens to migrants who are pushed out?”.
“This article is extremely biased. Why do you not put any pressure on the Belarusian regime? Are you not fully aware that Lukashenka is playing with the fate of these people? Minsk is cynically using migrants solely for its political purposes. These foreigners came to Belarus at the invitation of the authorities Now they want to cross the Polish border illegally. What we are struggling with is nothing more than a hostile political operation led by Belarusian services, including the KGB. And you are suggesting that Poland should be criticized? “- wrote Żaryn in an emotional post.
9.20 The tactics of the Belarusian power structures in the migration crisis are changing; Small groups of migrants are being pushed to the border with Lithuania, said Rustamas Liubajevas, the head of the Lithuanian State Border Protection Service (VSAT) on Monday. As he added, groups of 3, 4, 5 people are currently being pushed back, which makes their detection and detention a bit more difficult.
09.15 Ok. 400 trucks are waiting for clearance through the border crossing with Belarus in Koroszczyn (Lubelskie Voivodeship). The waiting time for a ride is currently around 8 hours.
08.40 Andrzej Duda, asked in an interview with the weekly “Sieci”, said that talks are underway about whether Poland should take advantage of Art. 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty. “We are obviously aware of the fact that Article 4 exists, but let’s be aware that the North Atlantic Alliance, which is a defense alliance, is also a military alliance. I emphasize it, today we do not observe a military threat” – he said.
He stressed that “the last time Poland used Article 4 was in 2014, when there was an attack on Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimea. An armed, military attack”. “Later, it was used several times by Turkey, at whose borders there was a war,” he added.
“There are riots on our border today, but this is not a military problem. However, we have an agreement among the Baltic states that if there comes a time when Article 4 has to be used, we will do it together,” said the president.
08.30 Night on the Polish-Belarusian section of the border in the voivodeship Lubelskie Voivodeship passed quietly, no attempts to cross the border illegally have been reported, the spokesman for the Bug River Border Guard Department, captain Dariusz Sienicki, told PAP on Monday morning.
08.20 According to the Border Guard, about 150 aggressive foreigners tried to break into Poland on Sunday near Dubicze Cerkiewne. “The attack on the Polish border was supervised by the Belarusian services” – it was written.
As Anna Michalska informed PAP, the attack began with throwing stones at Polish posts. Then there was dazzling with flashlights and lasers, a wooden footbridge was put on the concertina, and thus the migrants began to try to break through.
As a result, 70 people entered Poland at a distance of several meters, she said. They were stopped, informed about the obligation to leave the territory of Poland and brought them to the border line. Nobody was hurt in the incident.
“Everything took place under the supervision of the Belarusian services, that is, the officers blinded us with flashlights, helped us cross and encouraged these people to cross the border” – noted Michalska.
08.10 In the last day there were 346 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus to Poland, the Border Guard announced on Monday. Decisions to leave the territory of the Republic of Poland were issued against 58 foreigners.
08.05 “Temperature 0, visibility ~ 100 meters. They try to go to the bank, the KGBists know that thermovision works poorly in the fog” – this is how an observer of the local events describes the situation at the border in a Twitter entry, attaching a photo of foggy roads in the area of the state of emergency.
08.00 We begin our report on the most important events on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Read also: The Ministry of National Defense showed a recording of “drunken Belarusians on the border”. Stanisław Żaryn: “The Belarusian side has been operating for many days as if it was counting on triggering a dangerous incident on the border”
From September 2, due to the migratory pressure in the border zone with Belarus in 183 localities in the voivodeship In the Podlasie and Lublin regions, a state of emergency is in force. It was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers. The Seym agreed to extend the state of emergency for another 60 days.
By the middle of next year, a steel fence will be erected on the border with Belarus, topped with barbed wire and enriched with electronic devices. The dam, 180 km long and 5.5 m high, will be built in Podlasie. Along the border, motion sensors as well as day and night cameras will be installed. The Bug River is a natural dam in the Lublin region.
Read also: Morawiecki appeals in English. Who is he addressing? In the background, scenes from the Polish-Belarusian border