Belarusian special forces seen close to Polish border, says official

A senior Polish security official has said Belarusian soldiers from airborne and special forces units have been seen close to the Polish-Belarusian border, with some of them carrying sniper rifles.

The claim made by Stanisław Żaryn, spokesperson for the Minister Special-Services Coordinator, appeared to confirm information made in a tweet by the Polish Border Guard.

In the tweet, the Border Guard said it had been observing "officials or soldiers" whose "uniform and equipment may indicate that they are not border services."

Also taking to Twitter, Żaryn elaborated on the statement by the Border Guard.

"In the border zone with Poland, soldiers of, among others, airborne units and special forces, PKG RB or OMON, have been identified," he wrote. "Some soldiers are carrying, among other things, sniper rifles. The Border Guard is correct that on the border with Poland soldiers are from units that are not involved in securing the border but with combat operations."

A state of emergency has been in force since September 2 in parts of the Podlaskie and Lubelskie provinces that border Belarus. The state of emergency covers 183 locations and was introduced for 30 days under the ordinance of President Andrzej Duda, issued at the request of the Council of Ministers.