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Poland is braced for a major assault by migrants on its frontier with Belarus tonight after receiving intelligence of a huge build up of enemy troops.

Polish Border Force guards claim their Belarusian counterparts are issuing the thousands of stranded migrants with instructions, equipment and weapons to force their way into the EU.

The attack is believed to be planned for frontier at Kuznica, one of two main crossing points from Poland to Belarus.

A spokesman for the Polish Border Force told MailOnline: ‘After a ‘quiet’ night in the vicinity of the camp in Kuznica, we are currently observing that more groups of armed officers of Belarusian services are located in the place.

‘We are noticing a commotion among migrants. There is also a TV broadcast van.’

He added: ‘Some tents are starting to disappear. Migrants get instructions, equipment and gas from Belarusian services.

‘You can see that the Belarus side is getting ready today for a big attempt at crossing the border.

‘Our forces are ready for action.’

It comes after the Polish Border Force said Belarusian soldiers engineered two mass migrant incursions into Poland last night in which some 77 people were detained and deported.

An estimated 150 others evaded capture and are now seeking sanctuary in the EU state.

Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces patrol the Belarus-Polish border on November 11, 2021 in Kuznica, Poland. The situation on the border between Poland and Belarus continues to intensify, as hundreds of migrants arrive at the Polish border to join the EU.

Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces patrol the Belarus-Polish border on November 11, 2021 in Kuznica, Poland. The situation on the border between Poland and Belarus continues to intensify, as hundreds of migrants arrive at the Polish border to join the EU.

Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces patrol the Belarus-Polish border on November 11, 2021 in Kuznica, Poland. The situation on the border between Poland and Belarus continues to intensify, as hundreds of migrants arrive at the Polish border to join the EU.

Poland's servicemen stand behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian-Polish border as they watch migrants camping on the Belarusian side in the Grodno region on November 14, 2021

Poland's servicemen stand behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian-Polish border as they watch migrants camping on the Belarusian side in the Grodno region on November 14, 2021

Poland’s servicemen stand behind a barbed wire fence on the Belarusian-Polish border as they watch migrants camping on the Belarusian side in the Grodno region on November 14, 2021

In this handout image issued by the Polish Ministry of National Defence, soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces rest whilst patrolling the Belarus-Polish border on November 11, 2021 in Kuznica, Poland. The Polish Border Force is expecting a major surge of migrants at the border tonight

Security Services Minister Stanislaw Zaryn said that ‘more people are appearing on the side of Belarus at the border with Poland, escalating the situation.’

Posting a photo of a uniformed man on Twitter, he said: ‘This man fired shots in the air, then tried to damage the Polish border barrier.’

Meanwhile, Poland’s Ministry of National Defence posted a video showing hundreds of migrants behind barbed wire fencing on the Belarusian side of the border, saying: ‘Additional officers of the Belarusian services have arrived in the Kuznica region. There is a noticeable movement among migrants.’

Around 50 migrants are said to have broken through the Polish-Belarusian border on Saturday near the village of Starzyna.

Poland has close to 15,000 troops, border guards and police are currently on the border.

NGO Grupa Granica said in a statement it had received information about attempts by Belarus to force migrants to use violence against Polish officers.

‘Due to the risk of escalation of violence we want to remind all parties that migrants are not aggressors but hostages of Lukashenko’s regime,’ it wrote.

The Belarusian State Border Guard Committee spokesperson Anton Bychkovsky said the accusations were disinformation. ‘It does not correspond with the reality,’ he said

Migrants gather for the distribution of humanitarian aid in a makeshift camp on the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region, Belarus November 13, 2021. Thousands of migrants have been camped out on the border roads and in nearby forests in freezing conditions for weeks

Belarusian servicemen set a tent for migrants gathering at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, Saturday, Nov. 13

A group of migrants rests by a fire at a camp near the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region on November 14, 2021. Dozens of migrants have been detained after crossing into Poland from Belarus last night, but Polish authorities are expecting a bigger attack tonight

A group of migrants rests by a fire at a camp near the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region on November 14, 2021. Dozens of migrants have been detained after crossing into Poland from Belarus last night, but Polish authorities are expecting a bigger attack tonight

A group of migrants rests by a fire at a camp near the Belarusian-Polish border in the Grodno region on November 14, 2021. Dozens of migrants have been detained after crossing into Poland from Belarus last night, but Polish authorities are expecting a bigger attack tonight

A spokesman for the Polish Border Guard told MailOnline: ‘After a ‘quiet’ night in the vicinity of the camp in Kuznica, we are currently observing that more groups of armed officers of Belarusian services are located in the place. Some tents are starting to disappear. Migrants get instructions, equipment and gas from Belarusian services’.

The Polish Prime Minister today called on NATO to take ‘concrete steps’ to resolve the migrant crisis on the Belarus border, adding that Poland, Lithuania and Latvia may ask for consultations under Article 4 of the alliance’s treaty.

Under Article 4, any ally can request consultations whenever they feel their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened.

‘It is not enough just for us to publicly express our concern – now we need concrete steps and the commitment of the entire alliance,’ Mateusz Morawiecki told Polish state-run news agency PAP.

Morawiecki’s statements came the morning after Belarusian authorities ordered troops to help asylum seekers break through the frontier fence at two remote locations last night near the towns of Dubicze Cerkiewne and Kolonia Klulowicze, away from the main focus Poland’s defences.

The Polish Border Force detained some 77 people and deported them back to Belarus but an estimated 150 others evaded capture and are now seeking sanctuary in the EU state.

‘It is not enough just for us to publicly express our concern – now we need concrete steps and the commitment of the entire alliance,’ Mateusz Morawiecki told Polish state-run news agency PAP.

A Border Force spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Last night there were two attempts to cross the border from Belarus by force, at Dubicze Cerkiewne and Kolonia Klukowicze.

‘Yesterday we recorded 223 attempts to illegally cross the border from Belarus.

‘Deportation from the Republic of Poland orders were issued against 77 people.’

The spokesman could not explain what had happened to the 146 others who had crossed into Poland illegally.

Yesterday patrols of Polish soldiers could be seen rushing up and down the border in search of the fugitive migrants.

Armed with machine guns, telescopic rifles, night-vision goggles and radios one patrol halted two groups of tourists at a well-known nature viewpoint close to the border in the Bialowieza Forest.

The day-trippers were ordered to show their ID papers and account for their movements by a nervous Polish Army officer who poured over a detailed map of the forest – which spans the frontier with Belarus.

The viewpoint looks onto woods and swamp land where moose graze and is one of the last natural habitats of the European bison.

Yesterday Warsaw revealed how Belarus was arming migrants with tear gas and knocking down border posts to push the asylum seekers over the border to Poland. 

British Army engineers have been drafted in to help Poland shore up their frontier, while Russian paratroopers carried out a military exercise close to the frontier in a show of support to Belarus.

British special forces are put on alert to be deployed to Ukraine as size of Red Army on border swells to 100,000 troops and Russian Navy tracks US warships in the Black Sea 

A task force of up to 600 UK troops is on standby to deploy in Ukraine amid fears that Russian troops massing near the border are planning an invasion. 

Units from the SAS and Parachute Regiment are preparing for an urgent deployment after defence chiefs and the head of MI6 advised Downing Street that Russian troop movement represents a clear and present danger to Ukraine and the West. 

‘The high readiness element of the brigade was told it may need to deploy at very short notice,’ a source told the Mirror.

‘Between 400 and 600 troops are ready. Their equipment is packed and they are ready to fly to Ukraine and either land or parachute in. They have trained for both eventualities.’

It comes amid rising tensions in Europe as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urged Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to intervene in the ‘shameful manufactured migrant crisis’ unfolding at the border between Belarus and Poland.

Liz Truss today declared that Russia has a ‘clear responsibility’ to end the escalating migrant stand-off, adding the UK ‘will not look away’ as a large number of migrants gather on the Belarusian side of the border, with Polish authorities reporting daily new attempts by the migrants to breach the divide.

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Source: Daily Mail UK

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