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Russian detained in Kosovo has been set free, UN Secretariat confirms

Mikhail Krasnoshchekov has reportedly been beaten up at the moment of detention

UNITED NATIONS, May 28. /TASS/. Russian national Mikhail Krasnoshchekov, a member of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo UNMIK, has been released, the UN Secretary General’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told TASS on Tuesday.

"It has been confirmed that the Russian staff member has been released," he said.

Special police units of unrecognized Kosovo on Tuesday morning intruded into northern municipalities of Kosovo and Metohija. Two Serbs were slightly injured in shootouts. Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic in a message to legislators said that Kosovo’s police had detained 23 people, including Russia’s Mikhail Krasnoshchekov, a staffer of the UN mission in Kosovo. Vucic said that at the moment of detention the Russian was beaten up. According to the UN mission Krasnoshchekov is now in hospital.

The Russian embassy in Serbia strongly condemned the intrusion of Kosovo’s forces into the north of Kosovo and Metohija and demanded Krasnoshchekov’s immediate release.