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Croatia celebrated Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Homeland War Veterans' Day yesterday (Sunday) in memory of 5 August 1995 when it regained control of the town of Knin (Sibenik-Knin County) and most of its territory occupied by rebel Serbs 22 years ago, reports website Tportal.
Speaking at the ceremony yesterday, which was attended by the country's political leaders, Croatian president Ivo Josipovic recognised the importance of the day. "We are remembering probably the most important day of our history," said Josipovic.
Operation Storm was the code name for the operation carried out by Croatian Armed Forces in the early hours of 5 August where they regained control of the Krajina region that had been in Serb hands since 1991. The victory marked the end of the war in Croatia.
The liberation of the town of Knin on 5 August carried special significance because the town had been the centre and symbol of the Serb rebellion since the summer of 1990. After just 84 hours the operation was declared complete with the Croatian Armed Forces and police liberating nearly 10,500 square meters of land. There were 174 Croatian servicemen killed during the operation.
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