In Kiev, they do not exclude the possibility of the use of firearms by law enforcement officers in the event of aggressive actions of migrants on the border of Ukraine with Belarus. This was stated on Friday, November 19, by the Minister of Internal Affairs of the country Denis Monastyrsky, speaking in the Verkhovna Rada as part of the “Hour of Questions to the Government”.
“In the event of threats to the life and health of border guards and law enforcement officers, we will use all the means of protection provided by law, including firearms,” Monastyrsky warned.
Minister: The Council should be ready to introduce the state of emergency
According to the minister, the Ukrainian authorities are planning to use the tactics of “echelon cover of the state border.” The first composition of the echelon will be equipped with protective equipment. At the same time, the use of the necessary special equipment and weapons is provided for the personnel of the second echelon – in the event of aggressive actions of violators.
Denis Monastyrsky emphasized that the Rada should be ready to introduce a state of emergency in the border regions due to the situation with migrants. At the same time, according to him, there is no need for such measures yet.
“The Kremlin will use the destabilizing situation with might and main”
“It can be predicted that the Kremlin will try to use the destabilizing situation with might and main” in order to inflict “maximum reputational damage to both the European Union and our state,” said Monastyrsky.
“We do not exclude that there is a possibility that Russia will decide to purposefully pass a large number of illegal migrants through Belarus to our territory,” he added.
On November 18, the Verkhovna Rada adopted bill No. 5232, which regulates the use of weapons and military equipment by border guards. The press secretary of the State Border Service of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko then said that about 8,500 people were involved in the protection of the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.
Aggravation of the situation on the external border of the EU
The situation on the eastern external border of the EU sharply deteriorated on November 8, when several thousand migrants approached it from Belarus intending to enter the European Union. On the Polish-Belarusian border, people spend the night in temporary camps at low temperatures. In recent days, groups of migrants have repeatedly tried to break through the barriers and cross the border.
At the end of May, Lukashenko announced that the authorities would no longer detain illegal immigrants trying to get to the EU through Belarus. At the beginning of autumn, the number of flights from the Middle East to Minsk increased significantly. After that, the flow of migrants seeking to the EU from the territory of Belarus increased sharply.
EU plans fifth package of sanctions
The European Union accuses the Lukashenka regime of deliberately provoking a tense situation and of organizing the transfer of thousands of migrants to the borders of the European Union in response to European sanctions.
In response to the “hybrid attack” of Minsk, the EU plans to introduce a fifth package of sanctions, which will include measures against airlines transporting migrants from the Middle East to Belarus. A number of airlines have announced that they will stop taking on board citizens of the Middle East and Afghanistan traveling to Minsk.