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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sniper Injures Russian Soldier in Kosovo




PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- An unidentified sniper shot and wounded a Russian soldier at his guard post in southeastern Kosovo, the NATO-led KFOR peacekeeping force said Friday.


KFOR Major Roland Lavoie said the soldier was shot in the shoulder Thursday at a compound in Robotovo, 8 kilometers east of the main regional town of Gnjilane. Last week a Russian soldier was slightly wounded in a hail of gunfire on a KFOR checkpoint after dark in Kamenica, 25 kilometers east of Gnjilane.


The assailants escaped in both incidents and KFOR has not said who they might have been. But speculation has centered on ethnic Albanians, who have staged demonstrations in Kamenica for several weeks to demand the removal of Russian peacekeepers from the U.S.-controlled zone.


Kosovo's ethnic Albanians accuse the Russian troops of pro-Serb bias.


KFOR has denied this, insisting the Russians have been discharging their peacekeeping duties professionally and treating Serbs and ethnic Albanians in an even-handed manner.