Earlier today, reports appeared that Serbia has set up at least two roadblocks on its border with Kosovo and Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti is blaming Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic,  for increasing border tensions. The reports state that armed Serb civilians have fired at Kosovo police forces who entered ethnic Serb neighborhoods in Kosovo.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has appeared on TV to confirm that gunshots were fired by “criminals controlled by Serbia’s govt” in northern Kosovo while urging the population to stay calm saying, ” The hours & days ahead can be challenging. We’re facing the Serbian chauvinism that we know well…Will work day & night for our democratic Republic.”

Ukrainian parliament member Oleksiy Goncharenko Tweeted, “If Serbia invades Kosovo, we should defend the Kosovars. Ukraine is ready to act with our troops on the ground. Serbia is trying to start an aggressive war. Precisely according to Putin’s method. As I said, Serbia is Putin’s Trojan horse in Europe. War anywhere in the world is terrible.”

“Putin’s method” probably refers to recent rhetoric coming out of the Kremlin accusing Kosovo of cracking down on Serbians within its borders and violating their rights.  Russia supposedly acting to free ethnic Russians from Ukrainian oppression was the pretext for its original invasion of Ukraine in 2014 and then again in 2022. This was echoed by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in a televised address today, “All I can say is that we will ask for peace and ask for peace, but I will tell you right away: there will be no surrender and Serbia will win. If they try to start persecuting Serbs, bullying Serbs, killing Serbs, Serbia will win!”