Poland will build defensive fortifications on its borders with Russia and Belarus

Poland’s Defence Minister Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz announced that  the government is about to construct defensive fortifications along the borders with Belarus and Russia.

Kosiniak-Kamysz disclosed that substantial funds have been earmarked and efforts initiated to „repair and fortify the barrier on the Polish-Belorussian borders,” marking the highest allocation in Polish history for such purposes.


The impetus for this reinforcement stems from the surge in illegal migration orchestrated by Belarus and Russia, perceived by Warsaw as an attempt to destabilize not only Ukraine but also its allies within the European Union, including Poland. Although a metal barrier was erected last year, reducing illegal crossings, it has not completely stemmed the flow.

Highlighting the increased NATO presence on Polish soil following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Kosiniak-Kamysz acknowledged the resultant enhancement of security along the eastern frontier of both NATO and the European Union. He advocated for the construction of defensive bunkers, trenches, and ditches along the borders with Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad, a move already initiated by the Baltic states.

A recent poll conducted by Radio ZET revealed strong support among Poles for fortifying military defenses and establishing air raid shelters for civilians along the Russian and Belarusian borders. Approximately 84% of respondents expressed support for the idea, with 51% firmly in favour and 33% leaning towards agreement.

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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen