Migrants told by Belarusian services how to breach Polish border - ministry

"The notes found on the migrants contain information on methods for illegal border crossing received from Belarusian services," the ministry wrote. Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej/Twitter

Poland's defence ministry has posted images on Twitter which show notes with instructions on how to cross the Polish-Belarusian border, which it claims were found on the migrants.

The tips concerned guard changes at Polish border posts, ways to lose trails, directions to travel and information on camouflage, the ministry wrote.

"The notes found on the migrants contain information on methods for illegal border crossing received from Belarusian services," the ministry added.

On Tuesday, 51 people attempted to illegally cross the border from Belarus to Poland. Border Guard officers issued six decisions ordering migrants to leave the Polish territory.

Poland has been struggling to stem a wave of migrants trying to cross its eastern border from Belarus. EU members accuse the Belarusian president, Alexander Lukashenko, of instigating the crisis in order to destabilise the bloc.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 40,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish border from Belarus, including over 8,900 in November and 17,500 in October.