In the late 1990s, NATO supported the efforts of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), an ethnic Albanian militia, to secede from Yugoslavia, which then consisted of Serbia and Montenegro. Following violent clashes between the KLA and Serbian troops, US-led NATO forces bombed Yugoslavia in 1999, despite the intervention not having been approved by the UN Security Council. Vladimir Lazarevic commanded the Pristina corps of the Yugoslavian Army. In 2003, he was accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia of war crimes against Kosovo Albanians during the Kosovo War. Lazarevic spent ten years in jail and was released in 2015.
Serbia marked the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombings in March, but even such a long period of “endurance” was not enough for the country to end the disputes about what it really was: an intervention, an aggression, an operation or a war.
During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, on the border of the Serbian region of Kosovo with Albania, protracted bloody battles took place over boundaries at the Kosara frontier post.
20 years ago, NATO, on its 50th anniversary gave itself “a gift” - the bombing of Yugoslavia. NATO's aggression affected not only Serbia, which has yet to recover, but also the Alliance itself.
In 1999, NATO forces shed the blood of Yugoslav civilians, who became “collateral damage” in the Alliance's so-called fight for democracy. They did this with the aid of radioactive ammunition and cluster bombs, while not refraining from strikes on chemical plants and oil refineries, despite the risk of an environmental disaster.
Twenty years ago, NATO forces launched a military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, pounding the country with cruise missiles and airstrikes in an alleged attempt to protect the Kosovar Albanians.
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The twentieth anniversary of the beginning of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia is a reason to remind the countries of the alliance that these actions were a gross violation of international law, Russian Permanent Representative to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told Sputnik.
A Soviet rocket manufactured in the 1960s, courage, optimism, and a patriotic upsurge managed to take down an "invisible" $42.6 mln American bomber packed with modern technology that NATO was using to "carry freedom" to the people of Yugoslavia. This is the story of an unexpected “miracle” that occurred in the early days of the bombing of Serbia.
NATO's operations began on March 24, 1999, and ended on June 10. The Serbian government estimates that about 2,500 people, including 89 children, were killed during the US-led bombing campaign.
Serbian authorities insist that about 2,500 people were killed and 12,500 more injured in NATO’s air strikes on then-Yugoslavia in 1999, which were conducted despite not being authorised by the UN.
We’re coming up shortly to the 20th anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. It began on 24th March 1999 and lasted for 78 days. There was no break, not even for Orthodox Easter.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Western countries, including the United States, began dismantling the international legal framework when NATO decided to launch airstrikes in Yugoslavia in 1999, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
According to the official version, the 1999 Peace Conference in Rambouillet was the last chance for a peaceful resolution to the escalating Kosovo crisis. However, eyewitnesses to the events and Serbian experts argue that Western sponsors of Kosovo's independence project never intended to use this opportunity. They had completely different plans.