Croatia: 22nd anniversary of Operation Storm marked at Knin Fortress

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.

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