The border between Poland and Belarus is known as Belarussia or “White Russia.” Belarus recently announced that 9,000 Russian troops, 170 tanks, and 100 artillery pieces will be placed on this border with Poland.

Relations between Poland and Belarus have been strained for years as thousands of Iraqi migrants trying to get into Western Europe were in camps in Belarus while they attempted to cross into Poland.  Belarus did not offer them settlement in its country but allowed to them to stay in camps while they tried to get into other European countries, often crossing illegally without entry visas.  Poland responded by building a wall along the border to prevent this wave of illegal immigration and declared an emergency on the border which was lifted only recently.

In October the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw advised any Poles living in Belarus to leave the country immediately.  This was followed by accusations that Belarus was searching the homes of Poles living there, releasing this statement on November 15th,

Poland received with concern the information about searches of residential premises occupied by members of the Union of Poles in Belarus. We condemn the repressions against the community in Belarus and call on the Lukashenko regime to stop actions violating international law.”

Some 300,000 Belarusian Poles reside in Ukraine with about 20,000 being members of the Union of Poles which represents this ethnic minority in Belarus which is about 3% of the population.  Alexander Lukashenko views these Poles with great suspicion, accusing them of being at the center of a plot to stir unrest in the country against his regime.


Ukrainian troops are building a border wall with prepared defences between them and Belarus.

Russia launched the northern invasion of Ukraine from Belarus

Belarus was the jump-off point for Russian forces of  Army Group North which drove on the Ukrainian capitol Kyiv in the first weeks of the war that began in late February in 2022. From the very beginning of the war, Belarus dictator Alexander Lukashenko pledged his country would stand by Russia in the conflict stating that his country was also at war with Ukraine. Lukashenko has been the only president of Belarus since the country was made independent in 1992 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Facing a popular uprising in

In an interview with the Kyiv Post, Belarusian dissident, and exile Vitali Shkliarov stated that Belarus had little choice but to invade Ukrain at some point.