Problems for Poland and Belarus – level 3
Drone footage captured the growing problems on the Poland-Belarus border after a political stand-off led to a worsening situation.
Poland is blocking hundreds of migrants from entering at the Belarus border, and the Polish government sent extra soldiers and warned of a possible armed conflict. Up to 4,000 people gathered at the country’s eastern border, and it was said that Belarusian soldiers took migrants’ mobile phones, and they were controlling the people.
Many migrants are running from war, starvation, and persecution across the Middle East and Asia. Several people have died as overnight temperatures regularly fall below zero.
According to an EU spokesperson, the conflict is a continuation of the desperate attempt by Alexander Lukashenko‘s government to use people as hostages to destabilize the EU and its values. However, Belarus’s leader denied creating this problem.
Difficult words: stand-off (a situation in which neither of two opposing groups will make a move until the other one does something), persecution (unfair or cruel treatment over a long period of time because of race, religion or political beliefs), destabilize (to make something less stable or secure).
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