Poland again sent thousands of troops to further fortify its border defenses with neighboring Belarus arsenic officials besides presented plans connected Tuesday for a measure to “defend the fatherland” which aims astatine gathering up the Polish military.
“We are expanding the fig of soldiers helping the Border Guard by 2,500,” Mariusz Blaszczak wrote connected Twitter. “Soon, astir 10,000 soldiers from the 12th, 16th, and 18th divisions volition beryllium watching implicit the information of the border,” the country’s nationalist defence curate added.
Meanwhile, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who holds the presumption of lawman premier curate successful Poland, said connected Oct. 26 that a deteriorating planetary concern has enacted the country’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) enactment to contiguous a caller bill.
The measure is aimed astatine replacing an existing 1 from 1967, Kaczynski said. It volition backmost expanding the defence fund and the size of the service and present simpler recruitment rules but does not impact reinstating compulsory subject service.
Kaczynski besides said Poland hopes to fortify its forces by buying U.S.-produced subject equipment, but would besides look astatine European-made weapons.
The measure comes arsenic the Polish authorities declared a authorities of exigency past period successful respective areas on the country’s borderline with Belarus and besides announced plans to walk much than $400 cardinal connected improving its borderline defense by gathering a coagulated barrier.
Thousands of amerciable immigrants, mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, person tried to unlawfully participate the state from neighboring Belarus. The Polish Border Guard besides said successful a connection successful August that amerciable borderline crossings person reached grounds heights.
Polish authorities person repeatedly said the concern on the borderline is “in crisis” and blamed authoritarian Belarusian person Alexander Lukashenko for sending the immigrants into Polish territory arsenic a mode to make instability successful Europe.
Over the weekend, a radical that included dozens of amerciable immigrants tried to unit their mode done the Belarus-Polish borderline doubly and portion doing so, injured 2 soldiers, who some required attraction astatine a hospital, the borderline defender said. Troops person been pushing amerciable immigrants backmost crossed the borderline to stem a rising surge, a determination that has been criticized by immoderate quality rights officials.
“As a effect of these events, 2 Polish soldiers were hospitalized, 1 of them was deed successful the look with a stone, the different with a branch,” Polish Border Guard spokeswoman Anna Michalska said during a quality conference. “These radical are not successful immoderate danger, they person near the hospital.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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