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Ukrainian Internal Minister asks EU to strengthen Ukraine's support in protecting against influx of migrants

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denys Monastyrsky predicts escalation and increase in illegal migration on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border
14:00, 17 November 2021

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Denys Monastyrsky expressed interest in expanding cooperation with the EU to jointly confront hybrid threats, such as the situation with migrants at the EU borders. He stated this during a dialogue with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson on November 16, the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine reports.

"We consider the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border in the context of the Kremlin's strategy to weaken the European Union," the Minister said.

Based on assessments of events on the border with Belarus, the Baltic states and Poland, Monastyrsky predicts an escalation and increase in illegal migration on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.For this reason, Ukraine is stepping up its protection.

The Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine considers it expedient to start the second phase of the project "EU Support to Strengthen Integrated Border Management in Ukraine (EU4IBM)" to effectively combat illegal immigrants.

Project "EU Support to Strengthen Integrated Border Management in Ukraine (EU4IBM)" aims to support the implementation of reforms that bring the Ukrainian border management system closer to the standards of the European Union. The project is implemented from December 2019 to June 2022 at the expense of Brussels. The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is responsible for its implementation.

On November 8, hundreds of migrants were seen at the Polish-Belarusian border. Therefore, the Polish government immediately pulled the soldiers on alert to the borders, and Lukashenko asked for help from Russian aviation to guarantee security at the country's borders.

It soon became known that the Belarusian security forces were trying to push 35 people to the Polish border, the overwhelming majority of whom were women and children.

The Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrsky stated that a state of emergency may be imposed in the regions bordering Belarus if the situation aggravates.

Zhytomyr region can send 2,500 people to strengthen the border with Belarus.

Ukrainian border guards are already preparing for a possible breakthrough of illegal migrants from Belarus.

Adviser to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Dmytro Yarosh suggested shooting migrants for illegally crossing the state border.

Related: Poland considers full border closure with Belarus

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