The day of the outbreak of NATO aggression against Yugoslavia in 1999 (24/03)

The large-scale military operation of the NATO bloc against Yugoslavia - Operation Allied Force - was the bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by NATO forces from March 24 to June 10, 1999, during the Kosovo War.

After the Yugoslav authorities, headed by President Slobodan Milosevic, were accused of ethnic cleansing in the Serbian autonomous province of Kosovo, predominantly populated by Albanians, the NATO bloc demanded the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops and police from Kosovo and the deployment of its troops on the territory of Kosovo with the right of unhindered movement throughout territory of Yugoslavia.

After Yugoslavia refused to comply with the ultimatum, on March 24, 1999, NATO, without the sanction of the UN Security Council, began bombing Yugoslav military facilities, later expanded to industrial and civilian facilities. According to various estimates, from 1200 to 2500 Yugoslavs were killed in 78 days of incessant bombing, about 5000 people were injured.

Yugoslavia was damaged in the amount of about 30 billion dollars. After Yugoslavia agreed to the withdrawal of troops and police from its autonomous province of Kosovo, the bombing was stopped on June 10. On June 12, NATO troops entered Kosovo.

At the same time, today in Kosovo itself - a partially recognized state in Southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, in the geographical region of Kosovo - this day is considered a holiday: an important stage in the expulsion of ethnic Serbs from the territory where Serbian statehood was born almost 1000 years ago is celebrated.