The mission of the British and Estonian troops on the Polish-Belarusian border, which was under pressure to emigrate from Minsk via summer, began on Thursday until the end of April.
Information about the start of the mission was posted on the Twitter Community Branch of the National Security Office (BBN) headed by the Polish President. They said the British and Estonian units would provide military engineering and intelligence support to the Polish army in the border area from December 2 to April 30, as decided by Polish President Andrzej Duda.
The maximum number of employees in the British Corps is 155 and the maximum number of employees in Estonia is 150.
In an earlier Twitter post, PPN leader Pavel Soloch decided that the Polish president would approve the stay of British and Estonian soldiers on the Polish border. “Thanks for the unity, political and military support of the United Kingdom and Estonia!” Soloch wrote.
Support for British troops was announced during the visit of Defense Minister Ben Wallace to Poland in November:
The task of the Military Engineering Committee is to improve the border fence and ensure the mobility of the border roads.
Later, Polish Minister of National Defense Marius Blaszczyk confirmed that Estonia would also send troops to Poland in support of the fight against hybrid occupation.
Apart from EU member states bordering Belarus and Poland, illegal immigrants have been coming to the eastern borders of Lithuania and Latvia for months. Nearly 40,000 border crossing attempts have been recorded on the Belarusian-Polish border since the beginning of this year. In recent weeks, foreigners have repeatedly tried to enter the Polish border in large numbers, while Polish border guards say there have been a series of provocations by nearby Belarusian militants.
Poland will build a 5m high steel wall along its common border with Belarus in the middle of next year. The border area has been in a state of emergency since early September, and most of its activities, including the entry ban, have been reversed by order of the Home Minister, which was issued the previous evening.
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