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State Television Building hit in Belgrade

BELGRADE - Around 2.11, NATO missile hit the building of the State Television (RTS) in Takovska Street, the heart of Belgrade's downtown. There are no reports on casualties. At the same time, the transmitter in Krnjaca was hit, too. Around 2,30 NATO airplanes were flying over Rakovica.

Main Post Office in Uzice destroyed

UŽICE - On Thursday, at 23,00h, one NATO missile hit the Main Post Office in Uzice. First reports are saying that no one is killed in this attack.

Doors and windows of the building are broken, and the street is covered with the glass and dust. Some private houses near the Post office have been damaged in this attack.

According to the words of Milovan Petrović, executive director of "Telekom" unit in Uzice, telephones of 18.000 people, in the city and the suburbs, have been disconnected in this attack

Z. Šaponjić

The television transmitters in Ovčar and Crni Vrh damaged

ČAČAK/JAGODINA - NATO airplanes hit, on Thursday at 22,55, a state television's transmitter in Ovčar, 20 kilometers away from Čačak. Ten minutes later, the RTS's transmitter in Crni Vrh, near Jagodina, was hit too.

Kruševac on NATO's target again

KRUŠEVAC - On Thursday night, around 22.50 Kruševac was hit again. Three strong explosions were heard. According to the latest reports, the bridge over Rasina is completely destroyed.

NATO hit TV Transmitter in Kopaonik

KRALJEVO - On Thursday, at 22,48, RTV Transmitter in Gobelja, Kopaonik, was hit.

Twenty minutes later, at 23,10 another detonation was heard in the region of Bogutovac. This time, the target of NATO aggressors was the railway bridge in the gorge of Ibar.

Vranje hit with 40 missiles

VRANJE - With 40 missiles of extremely huge destructive power, NATO aviation bombed on Thursday, from 16.10 to 18.20, Vranje.

There were not victims, but the collateral damage is great.

Strong detonation in Jastrebac

ALEKSINAC - One missile was downed, on Thursday, after 18.00, in Aleksinac, near the village of Suric, on Jastrebac Mountain.

There were no victims or material damages in this accident.

Solution should be found at negotiating table

TEL AVIV - Igor Ivanov Russian Foreign Minster said on Thursday after the meeting with Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minster in Jerusalem, that deployment of ground troops on Kosovo would only worsen the conflict in FRY.

At joint press conference Ivanov repeated Moscow's official position that the solution of Kosovo`s crises must be found at negotiating table only.

More than 50 missiles launched on Pristina

PRISTINA- In the strongest day light attack on civil objects, on Thursday, NATO aviation had fired 40 missiles on Pristina.

From 14.15 to 15.30, park Grmlje, civil airport Slatina, Goleš and villages of Sofajlija, Ajvalija, Pomazati and Belaćevac, mostly inhabited by ethnic Albanian population, were hit.

In 16,30 NATO planes have started their attacks again.

European Union decides

Oil ban for Yugoslavia

WASHINGTON - European Committee, decided to impose oil ban on FR Yugoslavia, Nigel Gardner, representative of Committee, said on Thursday.

European Committee is preparing an official document on rules and regulations that will be handed to Foreign Ministries of EU member countries, on April 26 at meeting in Luxembourg. If decision adopted, the ban would come into force on Tuesday or Wednesday, and it would include ban on deliveries for Serbia and Montenegro.

517 Civilian Victims of NATO Aggression against Yugoslavia

BELGRADE - Yugoslav federal Information Minister Milan Komnenic told a press conference in Belgrade on Thursday that 517 civilians, including 13 children, had been killed in NATO forces attacks so far.

Komnenic also said that there had been casualties among the Yugoslav Army troops, too, adding that about 4,500 people had been seriously injured since the beginning of NATO aggression against Yugoslavia.

"In 7,200 air strikes, several hundreds of civilian facilities were destroyed, leaving about 100,000 people without water supply and throwing almost half a million of people out of work," noted Komnenic.

According to him, 13 bridges, 12 railway stations and railway lines, about 200 schools and 40 major economic systems have been destroyed throughout Yugoslavia so far.

Yugoslav Information Minister also noted that "about 400,000 people left Belgrade only. Some of them went abroad, while some found a refuge in the countryside".

Zezelj's Bridge in Novi Sad Targeted Again

NOVI SAD - Four missiles that upset the residents of Novi Sad on Thursday afternoon, between 3.00 and 3.20 p.m., were fired at Zezelj's bridge over the River Danube, the last remaining one connecting the Vojvodina capital with the Srem region on the opposite river bank.

Though it was the third NATO forces attack on the bridge, they failed to pull it down. However, new damage was inflicted to the roadway and a part of the bridge arch on the Petrovaradin bank was torn away.

The bridge was bombed just as workers were trying to patch the damage inflicted during the previous criminal attempt to pull it down. They were trying at least to enable the pedestrian traffic across it and reestablish regular water supplies to 40,000 residents of Petrovaradin, Sremska Kamenica and other towns of the Srem region on the opposite river bank.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties among the workers.

Missiles Fired at Villages near Kraljevo

KRALJEVO - Two powerful detonations sounded in the village of Ladjevci near Kraljevo on Thursday at 0.58 p.m.

A few minutes later, NATO forces fired several missiles at the village of Papsko Polje, also in the municipality of Kraljevo.

According to early reports, there were no casualties in these attacks, while a material damage was minor.

Renewed Strikes on Kursumlija

KURSUMLIJA - Criminal NATO aircraft renewed on Thursday their bombing of the surroundings of the Serbian southern town of Kursumlija. According to local Civil Defense headquarters officials, NATO forces, in two separate rounds around 10.00 a.m., struck the village of Merdare where there were no military facilities.

At 10.15 a.m., two missiles were also fired at the village of Vasiljevac, while at 0.45 p.m., two powerful detonations, coming from the still unknown direction, shook the town of Kursumlija.

Day 29th of NATO Aggression - Air Strikes on Belgrade, Valjevo, Novi Sad, Pristina…

Civilian Casualties in Valjevo

On 29th day of its aggression on Yugoslavia, NATO aircraft raided the Serbian towns of Belgrade, Valjevo, Novi Sad and Pristina, causing enormous material damage. Several civilians were lightly injured in Valjevo, when NATO for the fifth time bombed the Krusik factory. Surrounding residential areas, a railway station and hospital were damaged in the attack.


Yugoslav Presidential Residence Demolished

On early Thursday, at 3.15 a.m., NATO blew up the Belgrade residence of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 15 Uzicka street in the exclusive Dedinje area. President and his family were not in the house at the time of the pre-dawn attack. The villa, hit by three laser-guided bombs, was completely destroyed in the attack.


On early Thursday, around 00.45 a.m., military airport in Batajnica was hit by 20 missiles. In northern Serbian town of Novi Sad, around 00.34 a.m., a powerful rumbling detonation sounded, followed by a reflection of fire coming from the direction of Mt. Fruska Gora.

On Thursday afternoon, Serbian towns of Kraljevo, Kursumlija, Novi Sad and Krusevac were air raided again. Wider area of the Kosovo capital Pristina was also targeted on Thursday. Between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., NATO forces fired about 50 missiles at areas southwest and northeast of the city.

Since NATO bombed the refugee residential settlement of "Marino naselje" near Djakovica, killing 10 civilians and injuring another 20 in the attack, five bodies have been identified, including a seven-year old boy. The settlement sheltered the Serb refugees who had been expelled from Croatia in 1995.

NATO Blows Up Yugoslav Presidential Residence in Dedinje

Former Engineer Acovic's Villa Razed to the Ground

One of Belgrade's most grandiose buildings was built in 1933 by the renowned prewar engineer, Mr. Acovic. Celebrities as its tenants

BELGRADE - On early Thursday, NATO missiles blew up the Belgrade residence of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic in 15 Uzicka Street in the exclusive Dedinje area.

Around 4.00 a.m., several powerful detonations sounded, eyewitnesses say. President Milosevic and his wife were not in the house at the time of the pre-dawn attack. President Milosevic and his family moved into the villa, once a residence of the former Socialist Yugoslavia founder and president Josip Broz Tito that lay vacant since his death, in December 1997, after having it reconstructed completely.

The villa, one of the most grandiose buildings in the city, was built in 1933 by Belgrade's renowned engineer Alexander Acovic. An owner of several mines, Mr. Acovic built the magnificent one-storey villa on his estate in the then 15 Rumunska Street, its former name.

The Acovic family villa was registered in deed books on the names of engineer Acovic and his wife, Jelica. After Jelica's death in 1936, their two underage sons, Radisav and Milos, inherited their mother's half of the estate.

Shortly before the World War Two broke out, one of the most secure shelters had been built in its courtyard. It was in that shelter that the first meeting of the General Dusan Simovic cabinet was held following Nazi bombing of Belgrade in April 1941. In late April 1941, German civilian commander in Serbia Franz Neuhauser moved into the villa.

Shortly afterwards, the villa got its new tenant - feldmarshal Alexander Leer, Third Reich Southeast Commander. In October 1944, during military operations near Belgrade, partisan guerilla Colonel Ljubodrag Djuric advanced up to the exclusive Dedinje residential area. Many a liberator showed an interest in the villa in 15 Rumunska Street. Soon First Army Group Headquarters moved into it. However, on October 23, 1944, late Josip Broz Tito moved into engineer Acovic's former villa, and only two days later he received a report by Peko Dapcevic there.

The Belgrade Seventh Court ruled on January 4, 1946, that the half of the villa owned by Alexander Acovic be put under sequester. Two years later, "men in coats" visited Radisav and Milos Acovic, then 20-year old brothers who owned the other half of the house, and "struck a deal" with them on the sale of the villa for trivial 1 million dinars (of that time).

By early 1960s, the Broz couple began to "adapt" the complex surrounding the villa in 15 Uzicka Street. With their consent, additional facilities such as kitchen premises, registration desk, garage, big and small museums, bowling alley, servants' quarters, and the bunker General Leer had built during the war were all pulled down. The word is that Tito was very angry with his wife, Jovanka, when she had dared have his favorite tower removed. However, new facilities were being built simultaneously with the pulling down of old ones. The facilities in point were mainly underground ones. New tenants wanted all accompanying facilities underground, regardless of far higher costs of building. Between the villas in 15 and 11 Uzicka Street they had a tunnel built, as well as crude oil boiler room, new kitchen, cinema theater, flower arranging premises… Marshal Tito spared no money.

By his own wish, late founder of the Socialist Yugoslavia was buried on the estate in Uzicka Street. In early 1980s, a tall wall separating the villa from the Flower House, his burial and memorial complex, was erected. Obviously, some of those in power realized that, after all, it was not so convenient to have the grave in the courtyard.

Yugoslav President in an Interview to CBS Network

Negotiations Possible Only When Aggression Stops

HOUSTON - Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic said "it will be very easy" to continue negotiations on Kosovo, but only if NATO suspended its aggression against Yugoslavia. In an interview broadcast by a Houston television station within CBS network, Milosevic denied having a policy of expelling ethnic Albanians, stressing that the flood of refugees had been caused by NATO "damn bombing", rather than ethnic cleansing.

In an interview to Ron Hatchett, military analyst of a Houston KHOU television station within CBS network, Yugoslav President said "there was never a policy of this country - and my policy - to expel any citizen of Yugoslavia from any part of this country".

"You know that before March 24, when they started their damn bombing and their dirty aggression against this country, there was not one single refugee. When bombing began, refugees emerged, of course as a result of the bombing, and they all know that," Milosevic said from Belgrade in English.

Yugoslav President also said that three U.S. soldiers who had been captured in the Yugoslav territory were safe and sound and that they would be treated well, noting that the Red Cross officials could visit the captives.

"It is their right under the Geneva Convention. Red Cross is entitled to visit them… If there is a Red Cross mission in compliance with the Geneva Convention, they can see them," told Milosevic.

Milosevic said that representatives of international humanitarian organizations had left Yugoslavia from fear of bombing, and not because they had been expelled, adding that they were welcome back any time.

Yugoslav President made it clear that he granted this interview to "explain to the U.S. public what the problem in point is".

"Your government wages two wars against Yugoslavia, against our people. One is the military war, and the other is the media one, or if you want me to put it that way, the propaganda war," Milosevic said.

According to him, the propaganda war is aimed at "creating -- of course, artificially - a public opinion that would later support the committed aggression".


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