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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Albanians Jeer Russians

KOSOVSKA KAMENICA, Yugoslavia -- About 2,000 ethnic Albanian protesters jeered Russian peacekeepers and thumped their vehicles Thursday, demanding that they leave the volatile southeast of Kosovo.

Anti-Russian sentiment among ethnic Albanians, bred by Moscow's support for Serbia's attempt to crush self-rule aspirations in Kosovo, threatens to boil over after the fatal shooting of an Albanian near a Russian checkpoint.

Ethnic Albanians say a Russian soldier gunned down their kinsman, execution-style, early Monday. The U.S. military, in charge of Kosovo's southeast zone, is investigating the murder in the village of Koretin but says there is no evidence a Russian was involved.

The ethnic Albanians reject U.S. insistence that Russian conduct has been impartial and professional. They claim the Russians have intimidated them at checkpoints and allowed local Serbs to join in, and are protecting paramilitaries in Serbian villages.

Russian army checkpoints have come under fire at night from suspected ethnic Albanian gunmen several times.