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2021.08.03 14:05

Lithuania publishes ‘likely proof’ of Belarusian guards directing migrants

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LRT.lt2021.08.03 14:05

Lithuania’s Interior Ministry published a video on Tuesday, allegedly showing Belarusian border guards in vehicles directing migrants over the border.

"We have likely proof that Belarusian officials are taking part in the organisation of irregular migration," the ministry said in a post on Facebook.

The footage was captured by a helicopter operated by Frontex, the EU’s border guard agency that has deployed dozens of officers with equipment to Lithuania amid the migration crisis.

In the video footage, a group of irregular migrants are seen being escorted by an SUV. According to the ministry, the same vehicles are used by the Belarusian border guards, the State Border Committee.

Lithuania has seen hundreds of migrants, mostly from Iraq, arrive via Belarus each day, just weeks after Alexander Lukashenko threatened to send "migrants and drugs" to Europe. Vilnius officials say the Minsk regime is responsible for facilitating and enabling irregular migration, calling it "hybrid aggression" against Lithuania.

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