EU crisis LIVE: Rattled bloc sounds ‘war’ alarm – top diplomat warns row ‘intensifying’

Belarus: Lukashenko created border crisis says professor

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Authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko accused the EU of trying to “scare” Minsk with the sanctions. “We will defend ourselves. We cannot retreat,” he said, without specifying a response. And Top EU diplomat Josep Borrell said vulnerable migrants trapped in freezing conditions were being exploited in a “hybrid war”, accusing Belarus of pushing migrants to the border to undermine security, which Lukashenko has denied.


Eight migrants dead due to conditions

At least eight people have died along the 200km long land bored between Belarus and Poland, mostly from the cold and exhaustion. 

Migrants began setting up camps along the border with Belarus soldiers reportedly handing out water and wood to make fires. 

Latvia deployed a further 3,000 troops over the weekend to deal with the crisis and EU’s Borrell has urged Warsaw to allow humanitarian aid on the frontier, where Poland has deployed some 20,000 police, border guards and soldiers.

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