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Baltic States and Poland Issue Ultimatum to Belarus: Expel Wagner Mercenaries or Face Border Closures: Report

Amid escalating tensions, Poland and the Baltic states have issued a strong warning to Belarus, indicating that they might close their borders if action isn’t taken. The countries are pressing Minsk’s authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, to expel the Wagner mercenaries who have taken refuge within Belarus. These mercenaries had relocated there following a brief mutiny against Russia’s military leadership, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the mercenary chief. Russian officials stated that Prigozhin died in a plane crash near Moscow recently, further complicating the situation.

The situation has raised concerns along NATO’s eastern flank due to the presence of Wagner fighters in Belarus. In response, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have united their voices, jointly urging Belarus to remove both the remaining mercenaries and migrants stationed at their borders. Previously, Minsk had attempted to send migrants to these bordering countries in an apparent effort to destabilize them.

Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Kaminski’s warning carries weight, as he cautioned that any significant military incident or influx of migrants could lead to the closure of all border crossings for both travelers and goods. The region is on high alert as the geopolitical landscape becomes increasingly complex. Concurrently, Ukraine’s military announced the liberation of the Zaporizhzhia village of Robotyne. Ukrainian troops, reportedly advancing towards Russia’s second line of defense, have intensified their efforts, resulting in fierce battles raging in the eastern region. This fluid situation demands careful monitoring as international actors navigate the delicate balance of power and diplomacy.