US, Europe expand sanctions on Belarus over ‘migrant smuggling’ – WION

The United States, Canada, and European allies expanded sanctions on Belarus placing restrictions on government officials and entities for human rights abuses and official support for “migrant smuggling.”

Belarus set up fake accounts to inflame migrants: Facebook’s Meta

Meta report says the Belarusian KGB set up dozens of fake accounts to stir up migrant crisis on the border with Poland. Facebook’s parent company Meta has linked the Belarusian KGB to the setting up of dozens of fake social media accounts of people posing as journalists and activists to stir up a migrant crisis on theContinue reading “Belarus set up fake accounts to inflame migrants: Facebook’s Meta”

What is behind Russia’s build-up of troops behind the Ukrainian border? – DW News

“We’re the ones that keep other people awake at night”: That’s the impact US Marine Corps Brigadier General Simon Doran hopes this massive show of NATO power has on Russian military planners plotting their next moves. Doran is the senior American representative serving with the UK’s Carrier Strike Group 21 (CSG21), the largest fifth-generation carrierContinue reading “What is behind Russia’s build-up of troops behind the Ukrainian border? – DW News”

‘Go through. Go,’ Lukashenko tells migrants at Polish border

Lukashenko says he won’t force migrants to return home Two flights with returning migrants arrive in Iraq Two more flights planned on Nov. 26-27 Poland reports detention centre unrest Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko told migrants stranded at the border with Poland on Friday that his country would help them to return home if they wantedContinue reading “‘Go through. Go,’ Lukashenko tells migrants at Polish border”

NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News

Aerial images shared by the United States have sparked concerns of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. In recent weeks evidence has emerged of an estimated 100,000 Russian troops building up on Russia’s western border. Ukraine says that Moscow is preparing a sea and ground attack from Russian-annexed Crimea and the Donbass region. Kyiv hasContinue reading “NATO monitors Ukraine border for signs of Russian invasion – DW News”

Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW

Germany has rejected calls from Minsk for the European Union to take in migrants stranded at the Belarus-Poland border. EU member states have also made it clear they won’t be blackmailed by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko. He is demanding they take in thousands of migrants. They’re facing harsh winter conditions out in the forests alongContinue reading “Germany refuses to take in stranded migrants after calls from Minsk – DW”

Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse”

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki warned on Sunday that the migrant crisis on the Belarus border may be a prelude to “something much worse”, and Poland’s border guard said Belarusian forces were still ferrying migrants to the frontier. The European Union accuses Belarus of flying in thousands of people from the Middle East and pushingContinue reading “Poland says Belarus border crisis may be prelude to “something worse””

Polish volunteers help migrants in border crisis – DW News

The humanitarian crisis on Europe’s eastern flank shows no signs of easing. Poland is pushing back multiple groups of migrants trying to get over the border from Belarus. Those who make it across – mostly young families from Iraq – are left to face harsh winter conditions out in the open. Now local Polish residentsContinue reading “Polish volunteers help migrants in border crisis – DW News”

Germany won’t admit refugees from Belarus-Polish border -interior minister

Germany will not take in refugees stranded on the Belarus-Polish border, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday after talks with his Polish counterpart. “If we took in refugees, if we bowed to the pressure and said ‘we are taking refugees into European countries’, then this would mean implementing the very basis of this perfidiousContinue reading “Germany won’t admit refugees from Belarus-Polish border -interior minister”

Clashes erupt at Belarus-Poland border as refugee crisis unfolds – Al Jazeera

Polish border guards have used tear gas and water cannon on refugees and migrants attempting to cross the Belarusian border. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he wants to avoid the “confrontation” over the crisis. Russia has called Poland’s use of tear gas and water cannon on the migrants “unacceptable”, as Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.

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