Within 72 hours Croatian, the swift and freedom loving military operation Storm had by 5 August 1995 liberated Croatian territory (about 25% of Croatia’s total territory), territory occupied by rebel Croatian Serbs with the help of Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia for four years.
This year is the 18th anniversary of Operation Storm, of Croatia’s victory in the name of freedom and democracy.
Casualties of Croatia’s Homeland War – a snapshot:
Croats Killed: 15,970 (including 402 children/6,605 civilians) (source: Ivo Pilar Institute)
Croats Missing: 2,251 (currently the number in excess of 1,700 due to discoveries of mass graves in recent couple of years)
Croat Wounded and permanently disabled: 32, 249 (969 children/90 severely permanently disabled as result of wounds). Total number of wounded: 48,677
Croat Veteran suicides after the war: 2,283
Croat casualties from landmines left from war: 509 people killed and 1,466 injured
Orphaned Croat children through war (lost either both or one parent): 10,000
While Croatia celebrates today the glory of victory over evil thoughts of gratitude go to all those who lost their lives for this noble cause.
Let a special light shine upon memories of the innocent children who lost their lives in this brutal war of aggression and upon those who suffered trauma that will haunt them throughout their lives. Let’s trust that all those individuals who perpetrated these horrible crimes will meet their deserved justice – soon.
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