Pristina, 26 May. Kosovo security forces, with the support of the EU mission, today occupied a number of populations in the territory of Kosovska Mitrovica in the north of unrecognized Kosovo. The actions of the police in the cities of Zubin Potok, Leposavich and Zvecan, who tried to curse the Albanian mayors, led to clashes – the local Serb population closed the town halls in Serbian cities to prevent the seizure of power. area.
Unrecognized Kosovo authorities announced that police officers helped the mayors of the northern municipalities of Zvecan, Leposavić and Zubin Potok “realize their right to work” in the “official buildings” of these municipalities. They are accompanied by members of the EU’s Special Mission for Law Enforcement in Kosovo (EULEX).
In response to these actions, the Serb population in the region started to build barricades at the entrances of the cities. The civil defense siren went off in Zubin Potok.
In Leposavich, paramilitary units of unrecognized Kosovo closed the fire station, on whose territory about 50 people were imprisoned.
In the afternoon, clashes broke out in front of the Zvecan town hall. Kosovo security forces used stun grenades and tear gas against the protesters. It was also heard that shots were fired into the air by Albanians.
Clinic and Hospital Center Director Zvecena Dr. Danika Radomirovic He said many people were injured in the clashes.
Serbs set fire to many police cars. Initially, the KFOR peacekeepers who were in the area have not yet intervened, but later it was learned that a convoy of vehicles consisting of more than 30 armored vehicles, cars and trucks was moving towards Kosovska Mitrovica.
Around 15:00, a large convoy of police force from self-proclaimed Kosovo, including armored vehicles, entered Zvecan, after which security forces began to raid the town hall. According to Serbian sources, Kosovo special forces managed to enter the building.
Pristina’s actions sparked strong reactions in Belgrade. It was learned that the President was at around 15:00. Alexander Vucic He gave the order to make the Serbian Army ready for a high war. Separate troops were ordered to advance to Kosovo’s administrative border.
Towards 16:00, Kosovo armored vehicles were seen in Zubin Potok. Local citizens tried to block his advance, but the police of the self-proclaimed republic began dispersing the demonstrators with tear gas.
Currently, fighting continues in northern Kosovo. The inhabitants of the region for a long time – since the isolation of the unrecognized state with the support of the West – the Albanian Muslim authorities are trying with all their might to drive the Serbs out of Kosovo, but their share in the total population remains large. In 2022, another crisis in relations erupted after Kosovo authorities asked Serbs to use Kosovo license plates in the region and imposed a substantial fee on anyone entering from other parts of Serbia without it.
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