Croatians gathered at Knin Fortress, Saturday, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the 'Operation Storm', the country's key victory in its 'War of Independence.' A giant Croatian flag was hoisted atop the former defensive stronghold, followed by commemorating ceremony of the fallen war heroes and the minute of silence. President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic delivered a speech highlighting the role of... Еще the city's liberation in «long-standing struggle» of Croatians «for freedom and independence.» The ceremony was concluded with military parade and a flypast with aircraft rumbling side by side over attendees. The Croatian military captured Knin, a Republic of Serbian Krajina stronghold, on August 5, 1995, during the Croatian War of Independence. The victory followed a large-scale military offensive dubbed «Operation Storm» and has been celebrated ever since. Whilst viewed as a victorious occasion in Croatia, for many Serbians it is a day of remembrance with memorials being held for the nearly 700 ethnic Serbs killed during the offensive. Nearly 200,000 Croatian Serbs were displaced as a result of Operation Storm and Croatia's celebration of the event has continued to strain the relationship between Serbia and its neighbour over recent years.