On March 24, 1999, NATO air force started dropping bombs on SR of Yugoslavia, and in the air attacks that lasted 78 days between 759 and 4.000 people were killed.
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According to the official investigation, at least 2.500 people died (some say even 4.000) and 1.008 soldiers and police officers, while the number of wounded is larger than 12.500.
Humanitarian rights fund claims that only 759 people died.
In its data base "Kosovo book of remembrance" from 2015, Humanitarian rights Fund claims that since 1998 up until 2000 in skirmishes on Kosovo province died 13.500 people, 10.080 Albanians, 2.200 Serbs, and around 500 Roma people and others.
According to this organization, during NATO intervention, 484 people died on Kosovo, and 275 in Serbia and Montenegro.
180 civilians died, 90 members of the military, and 5 members of the police force.
On Kosovo, 267 civilians died, 209 Albanians and 58 non-Albanian, 17 member of the military, 20 members of the police force, and 26 members of Kosovo Liberation Army.
While talking about today's honoring the anniversary of the war, PM Aleksandar Vucic said that the crime happened in 1999 against Serbian people, but that we need to look to the future and the fact that there are no new victims.
Talking about the number of people who died on Kosovo, Vucic said that they should be measured in thousands, not in hundreds.
- In my opinion, there is no difference between a civilian and a soldier, because they are all innocent victims. We did not start firing on any NATO country and we did not do anything to cause NATO aggression - said Vucic and commented that even 2 victims would be too much.
NATO military intervention was officially over on June 11, 1999, when the Military-technical agreement was signed between KFOR and the Serbian government in Kumanovo, June 9, 1999.
The attack in SR of Yugoslavia, to be precise Serbia, was conducted without the approval of the UN Security council, and NATO gave the reason to start the war claiming there is a humanitarian catastrophe going on on Kosovo and Metohija, and the failed negotiations in Rambouillet and Paris.
Damage done while attacking civilian, army, and industrial objects ranges from 30 billion USD to even 100 billion USD.
The exact excuse for the bombardment was the killing of 45 Kosovo Albanians, residents of the Racak village.
Other sources reported them to be civilians, while the government claimed they were "terrorists who died in the fight with the army forces".
After the National Assembly refused to let NATO soldiers on its territory and suggested that UN forces should oversee the peace plan for Kosovo, NATO started bombarding Serbia and Montenegro on March 24, 1999 at 19.45 PM.
Javier Solana, NATO secretary general gave the order to the US general Wesley Clark, the commander of the Allied forces.