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East EU Accuses Belarus of Using Migrants in ‘Hybrid Attack’

  • Lukashenko said to organize migrant crisis on EU border
  • Declaration calls for UN to hold Belarus accountable
Migrants believed to be from Afghanistan in the village of Usnarz Gorny near Bialystok, Poland, close to the border with Belarus, on Aug. 20. 

Migrants believed to be from Afghanistan in the village of Usnarz Gorny near Bialystok, Poland, close to the border with Belarus, on Aug. 20. 

Photographer: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images

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The European Union’s eastern members called on their counterparts for an immediate diplomatic, financial and technical support in response to what they called “a hybrid attack” by Belarus. 

Since May, when Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he would retaliate against EU sanctions and efforts by Poland and Lithuania to help his pro-democratic political rivals who fled last year’s post-election crackdown, the number of illegal migrants crossing his country’s border into the bloc has surged.