Thousands of former soldiers, accompanied by state dignitaries of Croatia, have gathered in Knin to mark 18 years after military operation Storm (Oluja) that took place from 4th to 7th August 1995.
President Ivo Josipovic and Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic are among state dignitaries present in Knin. Two former generals, Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac, are also among the participants. The International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY), in November last year, acquitted them for war crimes against Serb civilians committed during and after operation Storm.
The verdicts overturn a previous guilty one, and rose number of controversies in the region.
A number of Serb organizations in the region are commemorating this day remembering those who were killed during operation Storm.
According to the official number, agreed between Serbs and Croats, until today 2,400 people are considered missing, including 1,400 Serbs.
Until today, only one person was sentenced for war crimes committed during and after operation Storm by the courts in Croatia, but the verdict is not second instance, yet.