The military police operation “Flash” started 26 years ago. It was carried out by the Croatian army and special police in the area of Western Slavonia. The attack began on 1 May 1995 at about 5:30 a.m. from three directions targeting a territory that was then under protection of the UN peace forces and was populated by 15,000 Serbs.
During the operation, there were killings of Serb civilians and attacks on refugee columns, and after the operation in the then UN Sector West, only 2,000 to 3,000 Serbs remained in the area, which means that almost the entire Serb population had left.
On the first day of Operation Flash, at about 6 a.m., only half an hour after the operation had started, Croatian Army members entered the village of Medari, situated immediately next to the demarcation line. They soon committed a war crime against civilians who happened to be in their homes. According to the Croatian Helsinki Committee (CHC) report from 2002, out of 24 persons who were in the village, 22 were killed. Two young women were saved because one Croatian Army soldier had recognized them.
Among those killed there were 12 women. Seven members of the Vuković family were killed, including a seven-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy. The oldest victim was 88. Inhabitants of Medari had believed that the UN peacekeeping forces who had a base near the village would protect them in case of a Croatian Army military action.
Exhumation of remains of 28 persons from a common grave at the site of the local graveyard at Trnava was completed in mid-2010. By the summer of 2012, 14 inhabitants of Medari killed on 1 May 1995 were identified, including all members of the Vuković family, at the Institute for Forensic Medicine.
No one was held criminally responsible for the crime in Medari and no charges were brought.
The national coordination of the Serb national minority councils marked the anniversary of the breakthrough of inmates from the World War II Jasenovac prison camp.
The national coordination of the councils of Serb national minority, led by the presidents of county minority councils and colleagues from city and municipal councils, marked the anniversary of the breakthrough of Jasenovac inmates in places from which many of them had been deported to the site of their death. Slavonians – eastern and western, as well as people from Bilogora and Moslavina – gathered at the liturgical memorial service led by the orthodox bishop Jovan at the St. Elias church in the village of Mlaka.
Colleagues from Koprivnica-Križevci county paid respect to the victims of the Jasenovac prison camp at the site of the first camp established in the NDH – the Danica camp.
From Glavina Donja (near Imotski), where memorial service was held for victims Jovo Garojević, Nikola Mandić, Petar Svrdlin, Luka Todorov, Ante Vukelja and Nikola Bilać; to Beli Manastir and the eastern part of our country, to Suha Mlaka, where on 28 August 1942, the Ustasha arrested 85 men and 15 women, including Jews and Roma who had worked and lived in the village side by side with the local villagers, our councils showed the geographical variety of the inmates’ places of origin and residence across our country, while maintaining pandemic-related safety measures and guarding the health and safety of the community they represent.