The video shows the border operation: Belarus smuggles migrants into Lithuania

The video shows the border operation
Belarus smuggles migrants into Lithuania

Minsk ruler Lukashenko sees migrants as a means of hybrid warfare against the EU. Lithuanian border guards film Belarusians damaging a border fence and pushing refugees into the neighboring country.

According to the Lithuanian border guard, Belarusian security forces helped a group of migrants illegally cross the border into the neighboring EU country, Lithuania. To that end, several armed officers are said to have accompanied people to Lithuania’s newly built border fence in the wake of the migration crisis in late summer 2021 and damaged the barrier, as announced by the border guard on Facebook.

A video released by the Vilnius authorities aims to document the incident. The registrations were made on the Lithuanian-Belarusian border. There, Belarusian officials cut the barbed wire and broke through a gate in the fence through which migrants could enter Lithuanian territory. Soon after they were picked up by Lithuanian border guards, while Belarusian security forces hid in the bushes near the fence, as can be seen in the video. Belarusian officials are said to have left later in a minibus.

The EU blames Lukashenko

Lithuania has launched an investigation into the illegal crossing of the state border. In September, the Vilnius Foreign Ministry sent a note to the neighboring country’s authoritarian leadership about “repeated cases of intentional damage” to the fence that had been completed in late August.

Lithuania shares a nearly 680-kilometer border with Belarus, which is part of the EU’s external border. Between late summer and autumn 2021, thousands of people tried to enter the EU illegally. The European Union accuses Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko of bringing migrants from crisis regions to the EU’s external border in an organized way and has described it as a hybrid war. Lithuania reacted to this with increased border protection and built a border fence nearly 550 kilometers long, four meters high and reinforced with coiled barbed wire. Other countries with a direct border with Belarus have also massively strengthened their border installations.

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