Migrants kneel on the border with Poland

A group of migrants kneeled in front of the border with Poland as a sign of apology Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The footage shows more than a hundred refugees, including children, kneeling directly in front of the barbed wire fence. As the correspondent notes, in this way the migrants are again trying to apologize for the attempt to break through the border, which was made the day before.

On the Polish side, law enforcement officers have been drawn to the site.

The day before, the General Staff of the Belarusian Armed Forces reported that Polish law enforcers used special means containing toxic chemicals against migrants. The Polish side responded to the actions of migrants, who began throwing sticks and stones in the direction of law enforcement officers, with tear gas, water cannons and stun grenades.

According to the migrants, children had eye problems after the actions of the Polish law enforcers, and some refugees turned to Belarus for medical assistance.

Earlier, on November 11, refugees recorded a video message apologizing to Europe for trying to break through. In the video, some of the migrants are holding cards with the words Sorry in their hands. The migrants claimed that they wanted to cross the European border peacefully and calmly.

The crisis on the border between Belarus and Latvia, Lithuania and Poland escalated on November 8 because of the increased flow of migrants. Several thousand people approached the Polish border from the Belarusian side. Some tried to break through the fences, others set up camps and stayed in the border area.

European Union countries blame Minsk for what happened. On November 12, Great Britain, the United States and the countries of the European Union agreed that Belarusian authorities had artificially created a migration crisis.

Head of the EU diplomacy Josep Borrell said that the foreign ministers of the EU countries had agreed on a fifth package of sanctions against Belarus, which would be finalized in the coming days. He also added that by expanding the criteria of the sanctions regime, the EU will now be able to include in the sanctions those involved in the delivery of migrants to Belarus and the borders of the Union.