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Migrant standoff at Poland-Belarus border stokes war fears

Polish PM accuses Lukashenko of 'state terrorism' and 'weaponizing' refugees

Migrants gather on the Belarusian-Polish border in an attempt to cross it, while Polish police stand guard on the Polish side at the Bruzgi-Kuznica Bialostocka border crossing in the Grodno Region, Belarus on Nov. 15.   © Reuters

ATHENS -- As a crisis along the Polish-Belarusian border explodes into an international flashpoint with geopolitical and humanitarian implications, fears are rising that it could escalate into an armed conflict.

The European Union has condemned Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for acting like a "gangster," accusing him of orchestrating a "hybrid attack" by pushing migrants toward the bloc's external border.

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