Croatia: 23nd anniversary of 'Operation Storm' marked at Knin fortress

The Croatian flag was raised at Knin fortress during a ceremony on Sunday, marking the 23nd anniversary of the 'Operation Storm', the country's key victory in its 'War of Independence.' «It is with pride and gratitude that we recall today those glorious days which brought Croatia that long-desired freedom, which marked the end of the war, and which brought us permanent peace,» said Croatian... Еще Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, addressing the crowd. The Croatian military captured Knin, a Republic of Serbian Krajina stronghold, on August 5, 1995, an event considered a part of the Croatian War of Independence. The victory followed a large-scale military offensive dubbed «Operation Storm» and has been celebrated by Croats ever since. Whilst viewed as a victorious occasion in Croatia, for many Serbs it is a day of remembrance with memorials being held for the nearly 700 ethnic Serbs allegedly 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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