18:14 / 18.11.2021.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Croatia marks Day of Remembrance for Sacrifice made by Vukovar

Thousands took part in a procession of remembrance in Vukovar

Thousands took part in a procession of remembrance in Vukovar

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Today is Remembrance Day for Victims of the Homeland War and the Sacrifice made by Vukovar and Škabrnja, a national holiday. Under the title "Vukovar a place of special piety" 30 years were marked since the heroic defence of the city against greater Serbian aggressors was broken. Tens of thousands of people took part in a procession of remembrance. 

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković recalled financial investments into Vukovar: the reconstruction of the water tower, a symbol of resistance to the greater Serbian aggression and declaration of Vukovar as a city of special piety, which took place following a government cabinet session five years ago. “Our task is to always do more for this city,” said the Prime Minister. He added that Croatia is still searching for more than 1,800 missing people, of which 386 went missing in Vukovar and it is still burdening life in the city. "Croatia will seek information from those that have it and that is Serbia, and we will be persistent," said Plenković.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković

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“I think that in recent times there have been signals of political will to make a step forward, but considering experience we have had, we are cautious when analyzing these announcements, and only when we have concrete proof, with information that is not already known to Croatian authorities, will we be able to say we have made a step forward. It is clear that the issue of missing people is a part of obligations that Serbia must fulfill on its path towards the European Union, and we will always assert this very clearly,” said Prime Minister Plenković.


Parliament speaker Gordan Jandroković noted that Vukovar is still carrying a difficult wound and memories are still a present, even though 30 years have passed since the Serbian aggression.

Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković

Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković

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“Unfortunately messages are coming from Serbia that are still not such that they accept responsibility for everything that was done, and naturally that evokes certain tensions, especially in areas that suffered a lot. Vukovar is one of those areas,” said Jandroković.


Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava once again called for the aggressors to be held accountable.

Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava

Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava

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“The Yugoslav People's Army general Staff, as the most responsible, as the ones that gave orders, has not answered before the judiciary of this country and that is a disgrace. This actually speaks about what kind of people we are, what kind of a nation we are, and what kind of piety we have towards people who lost their lives in this city. It sends an ugly picture about all of us, because all of us here carry a certain burden of responsibility for such a situation in Croatian society today,” said Penava.


President Zoran Milanović was also in Vukovar. He walked in the procession of remembrance alongside the Prime Minister, they spoke briefly and shook hands.


After three months under siege the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar fell into the hands of Greater Serbian aggressors on this day in 1991. The battle for Vukovar is considered to have been the bloodiest of the Homeland War, in which 1,624 Croatian soldiers and civilians lost their lives.


The city was completely reduced to rubble.


Source: HRT

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