Potential presence of Serbian mercenaries in northern part of Kosovo inhabited mainly by Serbs has alarmed KFOR leaders in Kosovo. Kosovo institutions informed NATO-led peacekeeping force - KFOR that various Serb radical groups are planning destabilization of northern part of Kosovo, following the vote of Parliament to create the Army of Kosovo.
A source told online media Insajderi that KFOR is taking seriously the information the Kosovo security institutions have shared with them. The source also said that this was one of the reasons why KFOR has decided to step up its presence in northern part of Kosovo. Insajderi claims to have had access to a Kosovo Intelligence Agency (KIA) report warning of dangerous coming from various Serbian radical groups operating in northern Kosovo. According to Insajderi the KIA in its report describes in details capacities of Serbian radical groups, their profiles, the way they operate and the support they get from the Russian intelligence. Most of the members of these radical groups are mercenaries who fought along pro-Russian separatist forces in Ukraine. Some of them have also fought along Bashar al-Assad forces in Syria. According to the report most of the mercenaries are members of the Russian paramilitary organization Wagner Group, a unit of the Russian Ministry of Defense in disguise, which is used by the Russian government in conflicts where deniability is called for.