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In reports on Wednesday celebrating the 25th anniversary of Croatia's decisive victory in the 1991-95 independence war, world agencies highlighted the fact that a high-ranking Serb minority was present for the first time at the Storm military operation.
The annual gathering, according to Reuters, of state and military officials and war veterans is being held in Knin, a former stronghold of rebel Serbs who opposed Croatia's secession from Yugoslavia, and was attended today by Boris Milosevic, one of the four deputy prime ministers member of the Serb minority party SDSS, reports HINA.
"Going to Knin is not easy for me because of my personal tragedy and because of all the Serbs who lost someone in Operation Storm. But after 25 years, it is necessary to stop hatred," said Milosevic, the first official representative of the Serb minority ever at the official Storm celebration.
Reuters recalls that in the period after the offensive, Serb property was set on fire and looted, and a large number of Serb civilians, mostly the elderly, were killed, including Boris Milosevic's grandmother.
The AFP also highlights the participation of representatives of the Serb minority in the Victory Day celebrations, which welcomed the "message of peace and reconciliation".
"I am convinced that this is only the first step," AFP quoted Milosevic as saying.
The agency also writes about the second symbolic gesture that will follow at the end of August, when the Minister of Defence, Tomo Medved, will attend the ceremony in memory of the six killed Serb civilians in Grubori, after the end of the Storm.
The agencies also report the words of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who expressed regret over "all the victims, especially civilians and not only Croats but Serbs and others".
"The legitimate right to defence is not and cannot be an excuse for inaction - and any such act is painful for all the families of the victims and an ugly scar on the just face and defensive character of the Homeland War," AFP quoted the prime minister as saying.
The AP agency writes that the participation of the Serbian politician in the celebration of the Storm in Knin is seen as an "important step towards reconciliation".
In the last 24 hours, no new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
A total of 6,548 samples have been analysed since the beginning of the pandemic.
As of today there is only one person, positive for Covid-19, hospitalised in the Dubrovnik general Hospital.
There are 171 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there were no violations of self-isolation measures.
Over the past 24 hours, 58 new cases of infection of Covid-19 have been recorded in the Republic of Croatia meaning that the total number of active cases has now reached 633, reported the Civil Protection Directorate today.
From the active number of cases there are currently 111 people in hospital across the country and 7 patients on a ventilator.
On a positive note there have been no fatalities due to the virus in the past 24 hours.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of Covid-19 in Croatia was recorded, a total of 5,376 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 154 have died and 4,589 have recovered.
There are 2,314 people in self-isolation. To date, 124,383 people have been tested, of which 1,167 were tested in the last 24 hours.
From Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, Batman Begins, Snatch and Downtown Abbey, Rade Šerbedžija is without doubt one of the most successful Croatian actors of all time. With almost 200 appearances on screen, from Hollywood blockbusters to popular TV series, Šerbedžija (74) is also one of the hardest working actors, and quite possibly his greatest passion is the stage.
Šerbedžija, along with co-star Lenka Udovički, will star in a performance of the classic Edward Albee play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as part of the 71st Dubrovnik Summer Festival. And the pair of actors took a stroll in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik this morning. The play premieres tomorrow in the festival, however this first performance is sold out, in fact both nights are completely sold out.
In all activities from the fiscalization system, the number of invoices decreased by 19 percent last week compared to the comparable week last year, and their amount by 15 percent, according to the latest data from the Tax Administration.
In the period from July 27 to August 2 this year, 46.1 million invoices were issued in all industries, which is 19 percent less than in the comparable week last year.
The total value of the invoices last week reached 4.35 billion Kuna, which is 15 percent less than in the same period last year.
The number of invoices in trade fell by 17 percent, to 26.2 million, and the amount of invoices by 9 percent, to 2.7 billion Kuna.
At the same time, 21 percent fewer invoices were issued in the hospitality and tourism sector, a total of 9.2 million, and the amount was reduced by 28 percent, to HRK 914 million.
In the provision of accommodation and catering, the number of fiscalized invoices decreased by 45 percent, to 105.8 million, while the value of invoices decreased by 52 percent and amounted to HRK 6.5 billion.
What a night! The predicted storms hit Dubrovnik late last night and brought with them a huge amount of rainfall.
The Stradun in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik was flooded and tourists took the opportunity to take a swim on the ancient stones. The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade was called out on 11 interventions to pump out homes as the rain fell for most of the night.
Check out these videos of the floods in Dubrovnik last night
On the occasion of Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, sent congratulations to his fellow citizens -
Dear citizens of Dubrovnik, respected Croatian defenders,
A quarter of a century has passed since the most glorious victory of the Homeland War. Twenty-five years ago, in August 1995, the Croatian army liberated about 11,000 square kilometres of occupied territory, or almost a fifth of Croatia's territory.
During 84 hours, the military/police operation "Storm" showed all the strength and dignity of our army, it is a lasting reminder of the sacrifice and fearlessness of the people who defended their homeland. "Storm" is truly the crown of the Homeland War.
The pride we feel every year on this day cannot diminish anything, nor can anyone take it away from us. May it fill our hearts again and may there be no room for bitterness in them, but sorrow. Let us cover with it our fallen knights, all veterans and civilians who died during the Croatian struggle for freedom, sovereignty and independence. Let us give them gratitude for the freedom we breathe with full lungs today. Let us never forget their sacrifice, because it is the foundation on which we continue to build today's Croatia!
Dear fellow citizens, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the City of Dubrovnik and myself, I congratulate you on Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian Defenders.
It was certainly forecast. A huge storm hit the wider Dubrovnik region late last night, with thunder and lightning. And due to the strong thunderstorm, the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade had 11 interventions to pump out homes last night. It was a busy night for the fire brigade as they were called to interventions in Gruž, Nova Mokošica, Lapad, Ploče and Zaton Mali.
The weather forecast for today shows another unsettled day with possible thunderstorms and more rain with highs to reach 26 degrees. And tomorrow the unstable weather continues with showers and sunshine.