Reinforcement at NATO’s Eastern Border: Fear of further provocations

Poland decides to reinforce its troops along the border with Belarus by an additional 1000 soldiers, as reported by the German news website Frankfurter Allgemeine.

On Monday in Warsaw, Ministry of the Interior and Administration, Maciej Wąsik, announced that Poland will reinforce its troops along the border with Belarus by another 1000 soldiers. This reinforcement was requested by the Polish Border Guard because, according to Wąsik, “many more forces are needed on the border.” Warsaw had already announced the deployment of a thousand troops in early July after Russia’s Wagner militia ended its aborted march on Moscow and announced it might move to Belarus in whole or in part. The governments of Poland and Lithuania, both of which share a long border with Belarus, estimate the number of Wagner mercenaries arriving in Belarus at about 4,000.

On the same Monday, the Ministry of Defense of Belarus announced that they would begin a military exercise in the Grodno district, which borders Poland and Lithuania. They were actively using the experience of a special military operation, including the use of drones and the interaction of armored and other units. The term “special military operation” here refers to the war of aggression against Ukraine.

Image:, Ukrainian soldiers attack a Russian tank in Mariupol (1), CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons, (no changes made)

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