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Militarily - NATO
have lost this war. The Yugoslav
army have remained unscatched. So what about all that talk about "pounding"
Yugoslav Army to submission? Actually, being unable to harm Yugoslav Army at all - NATO
criminals (as now admitted
by some NATO pilots) have resourted at open massacre of civillians.
Serb army 'unscathed by Nato'
The Independent, 21 June 1999
By Robert Fisk in Belgrade
NATO killed far more Serb civilians
than soldiers during its 11-week bombardment of the country and most of the Yugoslav Third
Army emerged unscathed from the massive air attacks on its forces in Kosovo, according to
evidence emerging in Yugoslavia.
Nato officers have been astonished that thousands of Yugoslav
tanks, missile launchers, artillery batteries, personnel carriers and trucks have been
withdrawn from the province with barely a scratch on them. At least 60,000 Yugoslav troops
- rather than the 40,000 estimated - were waiting to fight the Western armies in Kosovo.
Yugoslav military sources said that more than half the 600 or so soldiers who died in
Serbia were killed in guerrilla fighting with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) rather than
by Nato bombing. They added that preparations for war began a year ago when military
intelligence in Belgrade learned that the United States was building a secret satellite
targeting navigation station in Bulgaria.
Meanwhile, it has become clear that the entry of Russian forces into Kosovo - far from
being the act of "renegade soldiers"or a "misunderstanding", as the
White House would have it - was organised a week before Nato troops entered the province.
The Ministry of Defence in Moscow sent a coded message to Russian troops at Uglevik in
Bosnia ordering them to take Pristina airport in advance of British forces. It was known
as "Operation Shield".
Wartime statistics are notoriously unreliable, but investigations by Western
correspondents and humanitarian agencies of Nato bombing incidents appear to confirm the
official civilian casualty toll of around 1,500. At least 450 of
these died in Nato's repeated "mistakes", when alliance aircraft bombed a train
at Grdelica, a bridge at Varvarin, housing estates at Surdulica, Aleksinac and Cuprija, a
bus at Luzane, an Albanian refugee convoy in Kosovo and made other attacks on civilians.
Many others died in what Nato referred to as "collateral damage" in attacks
around Belgrade, Kraljevo, Kragujevac, Nis and Novi Sad.
According to figures given to The Independent by a Yugoslav military
source, only 132 members of the armed forces were killed in Nato attacks. General
Nebojsa Pavkovic, the commander of the Yugoslav Third Army, has given a different figure:
169 soldiers killed in Kosovo under Nato assault and 299 wounded. Yugoslavia's President,
Slobodan Milosevic, says that 462 members of the Yugoslav army and 112 police (including
the MUP, the interior ministry forces) were killed.
But more than 300 soldiers are thought to have died in guerrilla attacks. Inquiries by The
Independent suggest that Serbian troops died at KLA hands in Djakovica, Stimlje, Pudujevo
Military fatalities among soldiers whose homes were in the centre of Novi Sad -
Yugoslavia's third largest city - turned up only two names.
MIG's at Airfield Leave Unscathed
The New York Times, June 12, 1999
WASHINGTON -- NATO had few more
important targets during its air strikes against Yugoslavia than the airfield at Pristina,
the capital of Kosovo, which was pounded by NATO bombs meant to destroy MIG fighters and
other hardware there.
So how did at least 11 MIG-21 fighters at the base manage to survive? The Pentagon
released aerial surveillance photographs showing the fighters taking off from Pristina
Saturday and flying to safety in Serbia. They had been stored in a hillside bunker near
"It was really a hardened bunker," said Maj. Gen. Charles Wald of the Air Force,
explaining why the jets had survived the nightly assaults. "It's actually dug into
the side of a mountain that obviously is made out of granite or something."
NATO spokesmen said that both ends of the bunker were hit by bombs or missiles during the
air campaign. But General Wald suggested that NATO had held back from using its largest
bombs against the hillside bunker for fear that it might damage the runway, which NATO
hoped to use eventually to help Albanian refugees [sic!] return home.
"We wanted to keep that open for KFOR," he said, referring to the international
To read a detailed analysis about dissapearing
MIGs and how NATO lied about their destruction please follow the above link.
Long-Hidden Troops Emerge to Start Pullout
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, June 11, 1999; Page A01
By Daniel Williams
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia, June 10- The first column of 80
Yugoslav trucks, cars, vans, buses, antiaircraft guns and ambulances emerged from their
camouflaged hiding places at 11:45 this morning to begin a stoic retreat from the ruins of
At the head of the convoy was a sedan carrying Maj. Gen. Vladimir
Lazarevic, commander of the Pristina Corps, which had spearheaded military
operations in the territory. Before leaving Kosovo, Lazarevic briefly addressed his
troops. "We did our job," the stocky commander said.
"It is up to the United Nations force to do its."
Then they roared away from the land they had pledged never to abandon.
Across Kosovo today, a nearly invisible army came into the open. For
11 weeks, 40,000 soldiers and policemen had been scattered across the countryside in small
groups, the better to pursue separatist ethnic Albanian guerrillas and avoid annihilation
by NATO jets. Tanks were disguised as haystacks, armored cars as trees. Fuel trucks were
festooned with rugs, missile launchers buried.
That changed today under a hot sun. Flatbed trucks awaited cargoes of tanks and
artillery pieces near the city of Kosovska Mitrovica....
Residents said they had seen Serbian families pack up
and leave before the troop pullout. Cars with trailers bearing ovens and refrigerators
competed with the army in the race to leave Kosovo. "It will be hard to persuade them
it is safe; it is hard for us to convince ourselves we are safe," said a teacher
named Shukri Rexhepi.
Fifteen miles to the west in Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbian civilians
watched the departing convoys of troops and police grimly. Community leaders have been
urging them to stay, but the shift in the balance of power [sic!] troubles them. Their
greatest fear is a return of the KLA and its tactics of harassing Serbs.
"I have thought about leaving, but I have no place to go," said a white-haired
battery-factory worker named Momo as he watched the military convoy idling on the highway.
"For now I will stay, but I can't say I'm sure now that the army and police are
leaving. Maybe the KLA will come back, and we will be kicked from our house."
Momo lives in a small, ethnically mixed neighborhood at the edge of Kosovska Mitrovica.
His words of mistrust were poignant, for he is a ... hero in the Kosovo tragedy. According
to neighbors, he single-handedly persuaded Yugoslav soldiers not to expel a number of
ethnic Albanians from their homes. "We will never forget what he did," said one
ethnic Albanian resident.
Despite the tribute, Momo is fearful. "I'm afraid of the Albanians, and unfortunately
I don't know if I can really trust my neighbors if things get difficult," he said.
Momo, like most Serbs in Kosovo, regarded the government offensive
in the province as a necessary assault on the separatist KLA. "They wanted to take
over, and Yugoslavia had to fight back," he said.
So, why did Milosevic sign away the peace
agreement that NATO officials like to call "The Serbian capitulation?" Yugoslav
Army was unscatced, NATO leader were in despair claiming that the war was lost to the
alliance. The winter was approaching and there was no solution, no way NATO would win.
On the other hand, unable to do ANY damage to the
Army - NATO criminals were openly (and more so by the day) targeting civilians. Did
Milosevic give in out of concern for the civilians? Despite the outrage at NATO's crime
there was no help from anywhere... Certainly no "dictator" would care about what
happens to the civilians.
Or is it as other people say that Milosevic is a
CIA agent, a traitor who did everything to give away portions of the sovereign Yugoslavia
together with the indigenous Serbian inhabitants.
We do not know answer to the above questions.
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