EU Police patrol on 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 is 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, while Serbia has requested to deploy its army and police based on a UN resolution.