Russia and Belarus flexed their military might for a third time this week near the Poland-Belarus border, where thousands of people are stranded in deplorable conditions, trapped at the center of an intensifying humanitarian and geopolitical crisis.
On Friday, Russia and Belarus held joint paratrooper drills near Poland, exercises the Belarusian defense ministry said were "in connection with the buildup of military activity near the state border of the Republic of Belarus." Two Russian paratroopers died during the maneuvers after their parachutes failed due to strong wind, state news agency TASS reported, citing Russia's defense ministry.
Some 15,000 Polish soldiers have been deployed to Poland's border with Belarus
Poland's Prime Minister has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being behind a migrant crisis at Belarus's border with Poland.
He accused the Russian and Belarusian leaders of trying to destabilise the European Union - which the two countries are not part of - by allowing migrants to travel through Belarus and enter the bloc.
Belarusian soldiers tried to destroy a Polish border fence last night.— Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland (@PremierRP_en) November 13, 2021
Our servicemen were blinded by laser beams and strobe light as well as tear gas were used against Polish Border Guard. Another attempt to cross the Polish-Belarusian border illegally was prevented. https://t.co/3GERjLlgVO