According to Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski, Poland is sending more police forces along the border with Belarus to bolster security.
“Due to the tense situation on the border with Belarus, I have decided to bolster our forces with 500 Polish police from preventive and counter-terrorism units,” Kaminski said on Twitter, according to DW.
According to DW, Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who is also the leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), claimed last week that he estimated 8,000 Wagner troops were already in Belarus.
Kaczynski stated that Poland will take both temporary and permanent measures to fortify the border, such as increasing the number of security troops and fortifications.
Wagner’s presence in Belarus, he warned, might herald a “new phase of hybrid warfare, much more difficult than the one we have dealt with so far.”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said last week that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin had arrived in his country, causing worry among NATO neighbors Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Last month, Prigozhin called on his men to lead a march to Moscow before putting it off. Lukashenko was acknowledged with aiding in the defusing of the crisis.
The march was one of the most severe challenges to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s leadership, according to Prigozhin, and was in reprisal for a Russian attack on his mercenary men.
Meanwhile, the Polish Border Guard said on Sunday that 187 people attempted to enter Poland illegally from Belarus on Saturday.
Poland accuses Belarus of faking a migrant crisis at the border by flying in individuals from the Middle East and Africa and attempting to force them through. Minsk, on the other hand, has refuted the claim.