Poland said two Belarusian helicopters violated its airspace on Tuesday and announced it would ramp up military deployments on its eastern border in response.

“There was a violation of Polish airspace by two Belarusian helicopters that were training near the border,” the Polish defence ministry said in a statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, Poland’s army said the helicopters had not violated the NATO country’s airspace, but it later backtracked in a subsequent statement.

“The violation took place in the Bialowieza area at a very low altitude, hampering the detection by radar systems,” the ministry said.

It added that “NATO was notified about the incident”.

It also said the defence minister ordered an increase in the number of soldiers at the Belarusian border, citing intensified “hybrid actions” by Russia and Belarus against Poland.

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The Belarusian defence ministry said the violation claims were “made by the Polish military and political leadership to once again justify the build-up of forces and means near the Belarusian border”.

Poland and its neighbours on NATO’s eastern flank have voiced concerns about a potential threat from Belarus which now hosts the Wagner mercenary group.

On Saturday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said a group of “one hundred Wagner mercenaries” in Belarus had moved closer to the Polish border.

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Joseph Swanson
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communists just love to play the chicken and violate airspace games...it's about time an example is made.

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Slava Ukraini
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If Putin wants to test NATO's resolve, this is how he might try it, through Belarus and armed mercenaries. But an invasion of Poland or any of the Baltic nations would be insane (or a sign of extreme desperation), since it would pull in all of the other NATO nations into the conflict. Russia's military is stretched already just by fighting against Ukraine, so I cannot imagine they could win a war against the combined forces of NATO.

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MJ
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Lukashenko is the modern day Mussolini, installed by Hitler Putin, and is as dumb as he looks! If history is right and repeats itself, one will be hung and the other will eat cyanide in a bunker, a proper ending for two suffering from schizophrenia...

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