Fighting on Serb-Kosovar border, Belgrade warns Kosovo against violence against Serbs

Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, had appealed on television to remain peaceful. However, he warned Kosovars against carrying out ethnic cleansing against Serbs. "I tell you right now: there will be no surrender, and Serbia will win if they try to persecute Serbs, harass Serbs, kill Serbs; Serbia will win!"

Kosovar border, Fighting on Serb-Kosovar border, Belgrade warns Kosovo against violence against Serbs

According to reports, there have been armed clashes between the two sides on the Serbian-Kosovar border. Air-raid sirens were wailing in Mitrovica, Kosovo. Belgrade warns Kosovo against violence against Serbs.

Read also: Check out our coverage on curated alternative narratives

On Sunday evening, armed clashes reportedly broke out between Serbs and Kosovars on the shared border.

Kosovo, which Serbia considers part of its historic heartland, unilaterally declared independence in 2008 and was quickly recognized as a separate state by the Bush administration and most Western countries. But since then, skirmishes have continued along the border.

The situation in Kosovo and Metohija came to a dramatic head Sunday night after Kosovar police closed the checkpoint on the border with Serbia.

As a result, Serbs in northern Kosovo took to the streets and blocked major highways. Police and the Kosovo Force (KFOR), a NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo, were drawn to the bridge over the Ibar River that connects the northern and southern parts of Kosovska Mitrovica, according to the TASS news agency.

International reports said, “Kosovo police announced Sunday evening that they had closed the Bernjak and Jarinje border crossings to traffic because roadblocks had been set up on those roads. The roadblocks were reportedly erected by local Serbs.” Rumors of gun battles between the two sides followed, and air raid sirens were sounded in Mitrovica, Kosovo.

Meanwhile, the Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, had appealed on television to remain peaceful. However, he warned Kosovars against carrying out ethnic cleansing against Serbs. “All I can say is that we will ask for peace, and we will ask for peace, but I tell you right now: there will be no surrender, and Serbia will win if they try to persecute Serbs, harass Serbs, kill Serbs, Serbia will win!” said Vucic.

This shows that the situation is very heated, and Belgrade is showing readiness to take up arms for the Serb minority in Kosovo as well.

Meanwhile, the Serbian Defense Ministry tried to appease, stressing that Serbian soldiers had not set foot on Kosovar territory after allegations to that effect appeared on the Internet.

Nevertheless, additional security forces were ordered to the border, according to reports:

Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko, on the other hand, argued that Ukraine should send troops to Kosovo itself (despite the ongoing war at home). He tweeted, “If Serbia invades #Kosovo, we should defend Kosovars. Ukraine is ready to deal with our troops on the ground. Russia is trying to start an aggressive war. Exactly according to Putin’s method. As I said before, #Serbia is Putin’s Trojan horse in Europe. War is terrible anywhere in the world.”

But there are also voices calling for sanity and not to take Belgrade’s saber-rattling too seriously:

However, one should also consider the possibility that the newly flared tensions on the Serbian-Kosovar border also fit into the CIA’s playbook. After all, Serbia is considered Russia-friendly, and flaring border skirmishes could help further destroy Belgrade’s reputation in the West. After all, in the West’s opinion, anyone who sides with Moscow should also suffer the corresponding consequences.