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Serbian officials on a disinformation campaign for Kosovo Serbs

The Kosovo Police (KP) on July 7, implementing the decision of the Basic Court in Ferizaj, raided several locations in the municipality of Shtërpcë. According to the prosecutor of the case, the purpose of this KP action was to control some locations where illegal Serbian structures operate in Kosovo. During this action in the facilities of the illegal municipality of...

President Vucic’s false alarms for Kosovo Serbs

Serbian officials have returned to the war-mongering discourse after the decision of the Government of Kosovo on June 29 obliging Serbian citizens to change Serbia’s illegal license plates into RKS ones. During the meeting of the Government, the decision was made to enable the registration of vehicles with RKS license plates to citizens who have used license plates 'PR', 'KM', 'PZ',...

Misinformative headline about the “long-awaited agreement” between Kosovo and Serbia

On June 21, Kosovo and Serbia finalized the roadmap for the implementation of energy agreements in the four municipalities of northern Kosovo: North Mitrovica, Leposaviq, Zveçan and Zubin Potok. The roadmap is based on the 2013 agreement, which was reached in Brussels as part of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, mediated by the EU. The same agreement was confirmed in 2015. However, for nine years the...

Kosovo authorities denounce Russia’s claim of ‘mercenaries killed from Kosovo’ as misinformation

Parallel to the continuation of war in Ukraine, the Russian Federation is aggressively engaging in disseminating false information, including in the region and Kosovo. Recently, the Ministry of Interior of Russia has published a list, where it is claimed that over 7,000 mercenaries from third countries have been engaged in Ukraine. According to this ministry, 156 of them are...

Sbunker: Bomb threats, a concern for the security of the country

The wave of threats in the region with false bomb alerts has also affected Kosovo. Threatening messages from anonymous addresses were sent to the University, schools, airport and bus stations. So far, no bomb has been found. But alarms spread panic, also challenging the capacities of security forces, which have stepped up control checks in recent months. Bomb alarms started in...

Montenegro joins “Open Balkans” and Edi Rama does not deal with Kosovo and other misleading news about BiH

The initiative of the three countries of the Western Balkans, Serbia, Albania and Northern Macedonia, known as the "Open Balkans" continues to be one of the most controversial topics in Kosovo and the region. The last meeting of this initiative, which was organized in Ohrid, Northern Macedonia, on June 8, in addition to member states, in the capacity of observers...

Russian and Serbian officials continue to deny the Recak Massacre

Even three months after Russia's aggression on Ukraine, misinformation statements by Russian and Serbian officials on Kosovo have continued. The latest one came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who in an interview with "Sputnik" in Russia and broadcast by Serbian media has denied the Recak massacre in Kosovo. During the interview, Lavrov was quoted as saying that it had been "discovered"...

The war in Ukraine has increased tensions between Kosovo and Serbia

Long before the conflict in Ukraine escalated into a full-scale war by Russia, tensions in the Western Balkans were present, as was Russia's interest in the Western Balkans remaining a troubled area within Europe and being used as a threat, whenever deemed useful to its interests. Not more than 6 years ago, the involvement of the Russian secret service in a...

Manipulation of incidents in Serb-majority areas in Kosovo

Serb officials continue to label incidents/thefts in Serb community areas as ethnically-based, claiming they are in sync with statements of Kosovo politicians, aimed at expelling Serbs from Kosovo. The so-called Office for Kosovo in the Government of Serbia published a press release on May 16, claiming that there were new attacks on Serbs, where two shops in the village of Prekovc...

Misinformation headlines on NATO

Before, during, and after the parliamentary/presidential elections held in Serbia on April 3, online websites without Impressum continued to spread misinformation related to security in Kosovo, guaranteed by the NATO Mission. One of these websites published an article saying that the situation is alarming and that Kosovo should be careful, as the Serbian army can occupy it in a...

A misinforming headline on the recognition of Kosovo’s Independence and other false news

A misinforming headline on the recognition of Kosovo's Independence and other false news After the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the dramatizing of the situation due to the prohibition of Serbia’s elections in Kosovo, there was noted a large increase in the dissemination of fake news. Online media and some Facebook pages continue to spread unverified and false news, including...

Misinformation of public opinion in Serbia as an electoral strategy

It has now become customary that in every election held in Serbia there’s an increase in the nationalist discourse of political leaders there regarding Kosovo. Politicians on the left and right, in power and in opposition, compete over who is tougher in relation to policies they would pursue towards Kosovo if they won the elections. The same thing happened...

Misinformation about the relocation of the Serbian army to the border and a misleading title about liberalization

Misinformation about the relocation of the Serbian army to the border and a misleading title about liberalization A few days before the elections in Serbia and after Prime Minister Albin Kurti decided not to allow the organization of Serbian elections in Kosovo, a protest was organized in North Mitrovica led by the head of Serbian List, also the Minister of...

The war in Ukraine and its reverberations in Kosovo

For more than two decades, Kosovo has been a contentious issue between the West and Russia. During the 1990s, Russia openly supported Serbia despite the fact that the Serbian state had launched and waged a number of wars in the Balkans, including the last war in Kosovo. NATO military humanitarian intervention in Serbia and Montenegro in 1999 was the biggest...