After 30 NATO troops and 52 protestors were injured in skirmishes the day before, and despite calls for calm and a de-escalation of the violence from EU and NATO leaders, Serb demonstrators vandalised two cars belonging to Albanian journalists on Tuesday in Kosovo’s Leposavic municipality.

Since ethnic Albanian mayors were elected in northern Kosovo’s Serb-majority district in April following elections that the Serbs boycotted, unrest in the area has gotten worse, prompting the U.S. and its allies to criticise Pristina on Friday.

A Reuters reporter who observed the event reported that two masked men approached a car bearing the licence plate “A2, CNN affiliate” in Albania and broke the windscreen. A second media outlet’s vehicle was also broken into. Nobody was hurt.

Josep Borrell, the head of the EU’s foreign policy, encouraged the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to find a solution to reduce tensions via discussion.

At a news conference in Brussels, Borrell stated, “We cannot afford another conflict at this time. There is already too much violence in Europe.”

Despite more than 20 years having passed since the Kosovo Albanian struggle against oppressive Serbian domination, the majority Serb population of northern Kosovo has never recognised Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia and still views Belgrade as their capital.

More than 90% of people in Kosovo are of ethnic Albanian descent, but northern Serbs have long pushed for the execution of a 2013 agreement mediated by the EU that would have created an association of autonomous municipalities in their region.

A 3.5% turnout resulted in ethnic Albanian candidates winning the mayoral races in four Serb-majority towns in April because Serbs declined to vote.

Russia, which has long-standing links to Serbia and shares both countries’ Slavic and Orthodox Christian traditions, urged “decisive steps” on Tuesday to put an end to the turmoil in Kosovo.

The Russian foreign ministry pleaded with “the West to finally silence its false propaganda and stop blaming incidents in Kosovo on Serbs driven to despair, who are peaceful, unarmed, and trying to defend their legitimate rights and freedoms.”

On Serbia’s request, Moscow assisted in thwarting Kosovo’s candidature for U.N. membership.

In Zvecan, a number of ethnic Serbs assembled in front of the structure, but everything remained under control on Tuesday thanks to the presence of troops wearing anti-riot gear from the US, Italy, and Poland.

Bulldozers were moving north, ready to tear down any barriers erected by Serbs, according to a Kosovo police source who wished to remain unnamed and spoke to Reuters.

Aleksandar Vucic, the president of Serbia, is accused by Kosovo’s authorities of causing instability. Vucic accuses the Kosovo government of generating issues by appointing new mayors.

Albin Kurti, the prime minister of Kosovo, declared on Twitter late on Monday that fascist violence had no place in a democracy and that there should be no appeal from vote to bullet.

Vucic said in a statement that he had requested the removal of Albanian mayors from their positions in the north after meeting ambassadors from the so-called Quint group — the United States, Italy, France, Germany, and Britain — in Belgrade.

According to Kosovo President Vjosa Osmani, Vucic-backed criminal groups want to destabilise the whole area, including Kosovo.

On Monday, 52 Serbs and 30 NATO soldiers were injured when Serb demonstrators in Zvecan fired stun grenades and tear gas at NATO forces.

“Violent acts against citizens, the media, law enforcement, and KFOR troops are absolutely unacceptable,” the EU’s Borrell warned.

All essential steps will continue to be taken by KFOR (NATO’s Kosovo force) to provide a safe environment and freedom of movement for all populations in Kosovo, particularlythe NATO force stated in a statement that it was acting in line with its mandate.

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