The face of an EU Police officer reflects on the vehicle's window as they patrol the main Bridge of Mitrovica, Kosovo, on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. (VX Photo/ Vudi Xhymshiti)
Tensions between Kosovo and Serbia have escalated since the detention of former Serbian police officer Dejan Pantic on suspicion of attacking election facilities. Pantic has been released on house arrest condition already.
Serb ethnic--minority have been protesting Pantic's detention by standing guard at barricades they set up at border crossings since December 11. The European Union, NATO and the US have called for de-escalation and the removal of barricades in northern Kosovo. In contrast, Serbia has requested to deploy its army and police based on a UN resolution.