Lithuania killing migrants: Belarus leader
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has accused Lithuania of killing migrants following reports of another death at the European Union country's eastern border.
"In this migration crisis, the villains have gone so far as to kill people," Lukashenko said during a meeting with representatives of the Belarusian defence ministry.
Migrants are being brought to the Belarusian border "dead or maybe half-dead" from the EU side and dumped there, claimed the 67-year-old, appearing in military uniform.
The EU accuses Lukashenko, often dubbed "Europe's last dictator," of deliberately flying in people from crisis areas such as Iraq and pushing them onwards towards his country's border with the EU.
Migrants have also repeatedly complained of mistreatment at the hands of Belarusian security forces.
The Belarusian border guard announced on Monday morning that a man had been found dead on the border with Lithuania after another body was discovered at the weekend.
The information counld not be independently verified.
The International Red Cross recently reported more than 10 deaths in the border stand-off along the EU's eastern flank.
Poland's border guard said on Monday that a total of 92 migrants had attempted to cross into Polish territory from Belarus within 24 hours.
Some of the stranded migrants have been brought back via repatriation flights in recent weeks following a flurry of diplomatic activity from EU leaders as they seek to alleviate the crisis.
However, an Iraqi Airways flight scheduled for Monday to bring migrants back to Iraq was cancelled.
A flight from Minsk to Erbil had already been cancelled the day before, without an official reason being given.
Lukashenko has repeatedly stressed that Belarus would not force people to return home and many continue to wait out the cold in the hope of a life in Europe.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails