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Eyewitnesses reported the advancement of the Kosovo special forces to the border with Serbia

Kosovo special forces moved to the border with Serbia. Relevant footage on Sunday, July 31, was shared by eyewitnesses.

Earlier that day, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, in an address to residents, said that the Kosovo police would begin an operation in the north of the region at midnight on August 1, blocking the entry of citizens with personal documents issued by the Serbian authorities, and would require them to re-register their cars with Kosovo license plates. He stressed that the country is ready to fight back if the interests of the Serbs are infringed.

According to the newspaper Danas, air raid sirens worked in the north of the partially recognized Republic of Kosovo on July 31. Vecherniye Novosti wrote that in front of the new base of the Kosovo border police, not far from the administrative center of Yarine, fighters of the rapid reaction unit with weapons were deployed. In addition, it became known about the blocking of the administrative point of the crossing “Brnjak” by the Kosovo people in the north of the region. The media also reported that the Serbian and Albanian population of the city of Kosovska Mitrovica is gathering in groups in their parts of the city.

At the same time, the Serbian Ministry of Defense denied the participation of the Serbian side in the growth of tension with Kosovo.

The official representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova, described the decision of the “authorities” in Pristina to force the replacement of documents and numbers of local Serbs as another step towards the expulsion of the Serbian population from Kosovo. Moscow called for an end to the provocations initiated with the assistance of the European Union and the United States of America.

Kosovo-Albanian structures in Pristina in 2008 declared independence from Serbia. According to the Serbian constitution, the territory of the unrecognized state is an autonomous province of Kosovo and Metohija within the country. The republic is not recognized by dozens of countries, including Russia.

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