Ukraine will deploy thousands of soldiers on its border with Belarus, against the backdrop of the migrant crisis

Ukraine announced Thursday its intention to deploy thousands of border guards and policemen on its border with Belarus, against the backdrop of the migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border, which Brussels accuses of masterminding.

More than two thousand migrants, most of them from the Kurds of the Middle East, have been gathering for several days in a camp on the border between Poland and Belarus, in the midst of frost, where temperatures are touching zero.

This situation has raised growing concern in the international community as the UN Security Council discusses the issue on Thursday.

And Ukraine, which has a border with Belarus in the north and with Poland in the west, seeks to avoid a similar situation on its borders, although the main flow is recorded about 200 km from this former Soviet republic.

And Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastirsky announced Thursday that the Ukrainian army will deploy an additional 8,500 soldiers, including 3,000 border guards, 3,500 members of the National Guard, and 2,000 police on the border between Ukraine and Belarus.

Although the Ukrainian border guards confirmed Thursday that there is "no threat" from Belarusian territory, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his country would "respond appropriately" to any development of the situation on the border, in a telephone conversation with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausida.

For weeks, Europeans have accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of masterminding the crisis by granting entry visas to migrants and transporting them to the borders, in retaliation for European sanctions.

For its part, Belarus threatened Thursday to respond to any possible new European sanctions looming on Brussels, by closing the gas pipeline that crosses its territory.

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