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Poland keeps army on alert amid threat of full-scale conflict

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul11,2024

Poland keeps its army on alert, given the threat of a full-scale conflict

Photo: General Wieslaw Kukula

Poland needs to prepare its troops based on the threat of a full-scale conflict, the chief of staff of the country's armed forces said on Wednesday, announcing an increase in the number of troops on the border with Russia and Belarus.

< em>"Today we must prepare our forces for a full-scale conflict, and not for an asymmetric type conflict, – said the Chief of Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Wieslaw Kukula, speaking at a press conference. – We must find a good balance between the border mission and maintaining the intensity of training in the army.”

Speaking at the same event, Polish Deputy Defense Minister Pawel Bejda said that since August the number of troops guarding the eastern border of Poland, will be increased to 8,000 men from the current 6,000, and an additional rear guard of 9,000 men could be deployed within 48 hours.

In May, Poland announced details of the Eastern Shield program. costing about 10 billion zlotys ($2.5 billion), aimed at strengthening defensive structures on the border with Belarus and Russia, which it plans to complete by 2028.

Poland's border with Belarus has become a hotbed of tension since then since migrants began flocking there in 2021. This comes after Belarus opened travel agencies in the Middle East offering a new unofficial route to Europe – this step, as the EU emphasizes, was carried out with the aim of provoking a crisis.

Let us recall that Warsaw increased defense spending to more than 4% of GDP in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

At the end of last year, the strength of Poland's armed forces was about 190,000, including ground, air, naval, special forces and territorial defense forces. Within a few years, Warsaw plans to increase this figure to 300,000.

Prepared by: Sergei Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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