June 29, 1991 |
With its thunderous assault on tiny Slovenia, the Yugoslav People's Army has demonstrated a fierce resolve to defend the fractured federation that is the only justification for its existence. Only by flexing military muscle could the remaining believers in Yugoslavia keep alive even infinitesimal hopes of forcing unity among the rivalrous Balkan peoples.
July 22, 1991 |
Some federal troops began moving back from Slovenia's border areas Sunday, but they did not comply with the Yugoslav government's order to leave the secessionist republic. Meanwhile, ethnic fighting flared across Yugoslavia's other renegade republic, Croatia. At least 12 people were reported killed in the worst weekend of violence in the Yugoslav conflict.
June 29, 1991
Croatia and Slovenia, Yugoslavia's breakaway republics, would be outmanned and outgunned in a war with the federal Yugoslav People's Army. Here are some facts about the federal army and the forces in Croatia and Slovenia: YUGOSLAV PEOPLE'S ARMY 180,000 troops, including 110,000 conscripts 2,000 tanks Nearly 400 fighter planes 150 helicopters, most armed with antitank missiles Troops come from all of Yugoslavia's myriad ethnic groups.
July 20, 1991 |
Slovenian leaders said the federal army's decision to withdraw from the Yugoslav republic amounts to recognition of its independence. Croatia, meanwhile, demanded that the military leave that republic as well. Ethnic violence in Croatia left at least two dead and seven injured, reports said. Federal Defense Minister Veljko Kadijevic warned in a surprise TV interview in Belgrade that the situation in the nation is "rapidly deteriorating."
July 5, 1991 |
Fresh-faced and homesick, captured Yugoslav soldiers in Slovenia say they thought they were going to defend their country against an Italian attack when they were ordered to seize border crossings. "Our officer said the Italians were attacking the frontier and that was why we were being sent to the border," Driton Fazli, a 22-year-old from Kosovo province, told reporters from a makeshift prison at a local school.
July 6, 1991 |
The thick cordons of parked trucks that had barricaded Ljubljana for more than a week seemed to have lifted with the morning mist. The first stretch of this main road headed east from the Slovenian capital toward Croatia appeared, deceptively, to be clear of defensive blockades. Two Slovenian reservists manned the sole checkpoint at the highway entrance, slouching against their car, smoking with one hand and sporting AK-47 assault guns with the other.