Monday, September 20, 2021

Tragedy on Polish border. 3 dead, 8 in critical condition after attempts to cross the border

 Last weekend, due to hypothermia and exhaustion, 3 people died while trying to cross the Polish border illegally - informed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

"Today we have carried out a very thorough analysis of the situation on the border with Belarus. In the last hours of last weekend, a tragic discovery was made, because 3 people who crossed the Polish border, mainly due to hypothermia and exhaustion, have died" - the PM said at a press conference on Monday.

"We try to help and save lives of all people who crossed the border with Poland wherever possible. It can be said that we saved the lives of 8 such people (also last weekend) who were trapped in the floodplains of the Supraśl river" - he added. 

According to Morawiecki, this is an organized action by the Lukashenka regime, designed to destabilize the Polish-Belarusian border "in the most massive way possible." In September alone, there were almost 4,000 attempts to cross the border illegally. 

The prime minister informed that the deceaseds' identities are not known yet, but the government will want to identify them "so that everyone is treated with dignity.

Morawiecki added that recordings from cameras and drones show that people are transported to the Belarusian border guard posts. There they are instructed and transported to the border with Poland.

Morawiecki stressed that his additional concern is that Belarus introduced a visa-free regime with several countries with immense potential for illegal immigration to keep the pressure on the EU's external border.