“We wanted to send a message to the West, especially to their headquarters in the United States, to stop persecuting the Russians,” N. Jovicius explained.
According to N.Jovičius, only a few people managed to come – this happened because of the “circle of fear” surrounding northern Kosovo – a region inhabited mostly by ethnic Serbs, where the mood is completely different from the rest of the country, where ethnic Albanians live.
Most of the latter – more than 90 percent. – strongly supports Ukraine.
From the perspective of London or Washington, seeing Russia’s ravaged Ukraine, the moral choice is crystal clear. But Ukraine’s suffering, filtered through the prism of grievances and history in its own strife-torn regions, fades and gives way to local claims to victim status.
“Russia is the only glimmer of hope we have left,” says Miloš Damjanović, a historian from the divided town of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, which has a majority Serb population.
He fervently believes that the West and NATO, its military alliance, were responsible for the breakup of Yugoslavia, of which Kosovo was a part until the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
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