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Ukraine Is Preparing for Possible Influx of Illegal Migrants from Belarus

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, is developing a plan to prevent the flow of illegal migrants from Belarus into the country.

This was stated by the Head of the Service Ivan Bakanov. He added that now the situation on the Ukrainian-Belarusian border is under control.

At the same time, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin stressed that currently Ukrainian border guards are strengthening protection and are ready for possible provocations.

“The situation at the border is completely under control. Neighbours should be aware that Ukraine’s borders are prepared for such provocations. The probable directions in which migrants can get to Ukraine have already been calculated,” he said.

Yenin added, in particular, that the border with the neighbouring state is currently being engineered.

Today, on 11 November, Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrskyi, as well as the Head of the State Border Guard Service Serhiy Deyneko, National Police Chief Ihor Klymenko and Deputy National Guard Chief Yuriy Lebid, flew to northern Ukraine to test readiness to protect the Ukrainian border from an artificial migration crisis.

The website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs reports that an additional 8,500 servicemen and police officers will be placed in the areas of potential movement of illegal migrants from the neighbouring state. Aviation will also be on duty, including 15 helicopters, which will ensure mobility and, if necessary, transfer new forces to the border.

On the eve of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov sharply responded to the “proposal” of the Social Democrats of Germany to arrange a shelter for illegal migrants in Ukraine.

“We have a proposal to the Social Democrats (Germany – ed.) to take home 2, 3 or 5, so to say, migrants. If there is a place in the Bundestag, in the offices, let them take them in, and let them be there. Why should we take them in if the Germans have to take care of them?” said Danilov.

He noted that it was very strange to hear instructions from the Social Democrats to the Ukrainian authorities.

It should be recalled that the migration crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland is underway. Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to halt the transit of goods and Russian gas to Europe if the EU imposes new sanctions on Belarus. In response, European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Paolo Gentiloni said that the European Union will not allow itself to be intimidated, and in matters of gas supply there maximum use of relations with other suppliers – African countries, Norway, Russia – should be made.

Bohdan Marusyak

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