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Poland is investing £2 billion (10 billion zloty) in fortifying its eastern border through the Shield-East project, announced by Prime Minister Donald Tusk. This major initiative aims to bolster

Poland's defenses against growing threats from Russia and Belarus.

The Shield-East project will feature a comprehensive system of fortifications and strategic landscaping designed to make the border "impossible" for potential enemies to cross. Tusk emphasized Poland's heightened responsibility for Europe's security, given its position on NATO's and the European Union's eastern flank.

"We have decided to invest 10 billion zlotys in our security, and above all, in a secure eastern border," Tusk stated during a news conference in Ozierany Wielkie, near the Belarus border. He stressed the importance of this project in ensuring Poland's and Europe's safety.

Poland's commitment to strengthening its border defenses follows accusations against Moscow and Minsk of attempts to destabilize the country. The current pro-EU government asserts the need for enhanced security measures, building on previous efforts to halt migrant inflows from Belarus in 2021.

Prime Minister Tusk, addressing Polish troops in Krakow on the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, reiterated Poland's dedication to protecting its borders. This anniversary marks a significant WWII victory against the Nazis and highlights Poland's ongoing role in European security.

The announcement comes amid heightened tensions with Russia, as Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov expressed Moscow's distrust of NATO and concerns over its expansion. Ryabkov warned of the alliance's aggressive stance, suggesting it risks direct conflict with Russia.

Russian forces continue to advance in eastern Ukraine, displacing thousands in Kharkiv with new ground invasions. This ongoing aggression underscores the urgency of Poland's defensive measures.

Poland remains a staunch ally of Ukraine, supporting its defensive efforts against Russia's invasion. The situation has led to warnings from Russian officials, including State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, about the potential for a broader conflict involving the US and Europe.

Volodin accused Ukraine of dragging Western nations into a major global war, urging responsible action to prevent a catastrophe. His comments reflect the escalating tensions and the critical need for diplomatic efforts to manage the crisis.

As Poland fortifies its eastern border, the international community watches closely, recognizing the broader implications for regional and global security. The Shield-East project represents a significant step in Poland's commitment to safeguarding its sovereignty and contributing to the stability of Europe amidst rising geopolitical threats. Photo by Grzegorz W. Tężycki, Wikimedia commons.