EU accuses Belarus of ‘trafficking’ migrants toward border

  • Migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere gather in front of the barbed wire at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno Grodno, Belarus, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Hundreds if not thousands of migrants sought to storm the border from Belarus into Poland on Monday, cutting razor wire fences and using branches to try and climb over them. The siege escalated a crisis along the European Union’s eastern border that has been simmering for months. (Leonid Shcheglov/BelTA via AP)

WARSAW, Poland — European Union officials on Wednesday accused Belarus of state-sponsored “trafficking” of human lives by luring desperate migrants to the Polish border — the edge of the EU — where many are now stuck in makeshift camps in freezing weather.