About two thousand migrants came to the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa checkpoint on the border of Belarus and Poland and are waiting for the opportunity to cross the border with the EU

At noon on November 15, 2021, about two thousand migrants in a crowd approached the Bruzgi-Kuznitsa border checkpoint on the Belarusian-Polish border. Now a crowd of people surrounded the checkpoint and demands to let them into the EU territory, reports the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty from the border.

The Polish Ministry of Defense published a video from the checkpoint:

Migrants, mostly Kurds, Iraqi citizens, have been at the border for a week: they have set up several camps in the forest in the border strip and tried to cross the border outside the checkpoint. However, Poland has pulled troops and volunteer units to the border and does not allow it to be done. Only a few migrants managed to get into Poland, but most of these people were soon detained.

The Belarusian service of Radio Liberty reports that the migrants walked to the checkpoint accompanied by Belarusian security officials with weapons in their hands:

Now, according to the Belarusian Border Committee, 2,100 migrants have gathered at the Bruzgi border point.

“On Monday morning, November 15, the refugees, hoping for a positive outcome of the situation, gathered warm clothes, tents and sleeping bags. By noon they gathered in a large column and moved towards the Bruzgi checkpoint,” the Belarusian border guards said. They emphasize that “women with small children are at the head of the column,” and people “emphasize their exclusively peaceful intentions.”

The camp in the border strip, set up a few days ago, is now empty.

The Belarusian authorities also disseminated through the state media a picture in which women and children are in the foreground at the checkpoint. The Polish Ministry of Defense called this the use of “people as a tool.” The Belarusian state news agency BelTA has posted a video showing migrants sitting behind barbed wire near a border crossing.

The Belarusian service of Radio Liberty also reported that the Belarusian border guards began to remove the wire fence at the checkpoint from the Belarusian side. It was probably done so that even more migrants could approach the Polish fence.

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The Bruzgi-Kuznitsa checkpoint is intended only for vehicles, not for crossing the border on foot. Last week, Poland closed traffic through the checkpoint when groups of migrants appeared at the border.

Poland transferred military units to the checkpoint and drove a water cannon to the border; a helicopter is patrolling the territory from the air.

On Monday, November 15, the EU Council expanded the criteria for imposing new sanctions against the Belarusian authorities in connection with the migration crisis on the border of Belarus. The decision means that the European Union can now apply restrictions against individuals and legal entities close to the Lukashenka regime, who organize the transit of migrants through Belarus or facilitate illegal crossing of the external borders of the EU.

“Today’s decision reflects the determination of the European Union to oppose the instrumentalization of migrants for political purposes. We suppress this inhuman and illegal practice,” said the head of the EU’s foreign policy Josep Borrell.

Immediately after it became known about the EU’s decision to introduce new sanctions against Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko said: “They scare you with sanctions. Okay, let’s see. They think that I will joke, that I blurted out my tongue and that’s it. to defend. Everything, we have nowhere to retreat “, – transfers his words are the state agency “BelTA”. After that, the convoy of migrants went to the checkpoint.

European Union as before reported The Financial Times, citing its sources, is considering the possibility of imposing sanctions against the National Airport. 20 high-ranking Belarusian officials, the Minsk hotel, where migrants are accommodated, and the Syrian airline Cham Wings Airlines may also be subject to restrictions.

The migration crisis on the border of Belarus with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia began in the summer of 2021. First, Lithuania and Latvia faced it, then Poland. Despite the measures taken – the construction of fences, the strengthening of borders and the introduction of emergency situations in the border areas – migrants from Syria, Iraq and other countries of the Middle East continue to arrive in Belarus in hundreds, and then go to the border and make attempts to cross them.

The Ministry of Information of Belarus has blocked access to the site of the TV channel “Present Time” on the territory of the country. The official reason is called “the dissemination of hyperlinks to materials recognized as extremist.” Residents of Belarus can read and watch Real Time materials through VPN, in a telegram and other social networks, as well as using mirrors.

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