In Kyiv and Odesa, BIRN Kosovo’s Jeta Xharra met journalists committed to documenting possible war crimes while also trying to counter Russian propaganda – and getting used to working in air-raid shelters during missile alerts.
In a stark revelation, a recent study conducted by BIRN has laid bare the pervasive web of disinformation entangling Kosovo. The study exposes a troubling landscape where false narratives, fueled by foreign influence, not only strain relations between Kosovo Albanians and Serbs but also undermine trust in NATO and EU integration efforts.
Serbian authorities attempted to legitimize the terrorist attack in the north of Kosovo by presenting it as an effort to protect Serb minorities from the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. This narrative draws parallels to the Russian Federation's legitimation attempts for its aggression against neighboring countries, as in the case of Ukraine.
It’s been one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, bringing back the feelings of war to the old continent. The last time Europe saw war was two decades ago, when Kosovo was the last domino in the chain of Yugoslavia’s fall. The two countries share solidarity and have more in common than people realize.