WATCH: Ukraine practices stopping refugees crossing border

With the migrant disaster in Belarus nonetheless unresolved, Ukrainian border guards have staged a joint train near the frontier city of Ovruch to follow their response if teams of asylum seekers try and cross into the nation.

It’s unclear why Kiev is anxious, given the actual fact Ukraine, Europe’s second-poorest nation, shouldn’t be a member of the European Union, and is healthier identified for mass emigration, moderately than points round immigration.

On Thursday, alongside National Guard and National Police members, the Border Guard held the train according to the nation’s “Stranger in the Village” alert system, which inspires native residents to tell the authorities when an unknown individual with out data of the Ukrainian language is noticed. A big share of Ukrainian residents usually are not fluent within the tongue, nonetheless, and converse Russian as a substitute.

The train comes as hundreds of refugees from the Middle East stay caught in Belarus, near the frontier with Poland. Many of them got here to the nation within the hope of coming into the European Union, however Polish border guards have refused to let anybody by means of, and have aggressively pushed the migrants again. Now Kiev is frightened that the asylum seekers might try and cross into Ukraine.

According to Igor Klymenko, the pinnacle of the National Police, all areas bordering Belarus will follow coping with a doable inflow of unlawful immigrants.

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“First of all, we have to make sure that our border is protected and our citizens are safe,” Klymenko mentioned. “Large forces of law enforcement agencies have been brought in to protect the state border at a time when several thousand migrants are in Belarus.”

The migrant disaster started in June when Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko mentioned his authorities would not assist the EU cease unlawful immigration. He stands accused by Brussels of “weaponizing” migrants by flying them into his nation and transporting them to the border, allegedly as a part of a “hybrid war” towards the West. The state of affairs acquired considerably worse on November 8, when a number of thousand refugees approached the Polish border from Belarus and refused to go away the world for a fortnight. In the previous week, some have been moved to a transport and logistics middle, whereas a handful have flown again to their home international locations.

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