Bombing of Economic Facilities
The Lola Utva factory in Pančevo was exposed several times to NATO missile attacks: on 24 March 1999, at 9.00 p.m., by four missiles; on 27 March 1999, at 8.05 p.m., by one missile and on 29 March 1999, at 8.30 p.m., by one missile. This factory manufactures agricultural and sports aircraft. The factory does not manufacture products for military purposes. The following plants were destroyed in the attacks: assembly and maintenance plants with 17 aircraft being overhauled; assembly hall with two aircraft; aircraft equipment plant; aluminum protection plant; painting plant; water purification plant; preparation for material cutting plant. Other shops and plants also sustained substantial damage.
On 26 March 1999, at 8.40 p.m., PIK "Mladost"
agricultural-industrial complex in Gnjilane was bombed. The hangar was
hit; all vehicles and hangar itself were burnt. In the wake of the blast,
all surrounding facilities were damaged.
On 28 April
1999, at 4.43 a.m., and on 30 March 1999, at 4.10 a.m., ”Sloboda“ household
appliances factory in Čačak was hit by several missiles. The prototype
office with a large number of computers; anti-corrosive protection plant
including machines in it; tool manufacturing and
maintenance plant and cutting shop were destroyed. Also demolished was
the storehouse for finished products - household appliances, semi-finished
products, household appliances production plant (vacuum cleaners, cookers,
hair dryers, etc.) and iron rods storehouse. The administration building
was also destroyed. Window panes on all surrounding buildings were smashed.
On 4 April 1999, at 4.30 a.m., fuel storage tanks of the Belgrade heating plant were hit. Six oil storage tanks were directly hit, while one was damaged. Pumping unit and pouring station on the river Sava were burned down as well as the guard’s house. The guard Slobodan Trišić (1946) from Novi Beograd was killed.
153/99-3 Kri. No.469/99
Taken on 23 April 1999, before the investigative judge of the District Court in Belgrade, in the criminal proceedings against an unidentified person, for the criminal act from Article 141 of the Penal Code of Yugoslavia.
Started at 9.00 a.m.
The witness was warned to tell the truth and not to withhold anything; he was warned of the consequences of giving false testimony and that he was not obliged to answer the questions likely to expose him or his next of kin to disgrace, substantial material damage or prosecution (Article 229 of the Law on Criminal Procedure), and gave the following answers to the general questions:
1. Name and surname Radmila Trišić
With respect to the merits of the case,
the witness stated the following:
(sgd) Radunka Trišić
Court Clerk Investiative judge
(sgd) S. Mitrić (sgd) I. Simić
ON- SITE INVESTIGATION REPORT
Compiled on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia - Secretariat of the Interior in ---- on the basis of Article 154, para 2, in connection with Article 238 of the Law on Criminal Procedure, Novi Beograd, Savski nasip 11, on 4 April 1999.
Investigation conducted by authorized
Investigation carried out with the participation
of expert witness
Before the investigation began, the
following has been established:
On 4 April 1999, at 4.35 a.m.
The investigation started at 7.00 a.m.
On 4 April 1999, at 4.35 a.m. in Novi
Beograd, 11 Savski nasip Street, NATO warplanes bombed oil storage tanks
of the Belgrade heating plant, hitting it by three missiles, destroying
six oil storage tanks and damaging the seventh. In these oil tanks,
1,250 tons of crude oil were destroyed as well as 1,410 tons of crude
petrol and 500 of waste crude oil. In the fire, the pumping unit and
the pouring station on the Sava river bank and the nearby guard’s house
were burnt. In the attack, Slobodan Trišić,
a guard, father’s name Dragoljub, born 8 February 1946, residing in
Novi Beograd, 88/28 Dr Ivana Ribara Street, identification number JMBG0802946710031,
was killed and burned in the guard’s house.
REPORT ON THE CRIMINAL/TECHNICAL ON-SITE INVESTIGATION
1. Type of act or event: dead person
and damage caused by NATO bombing
On 5 April 1999, at 3.35 a.m., the compound
of the "DIN" tobacco factory in Niš was hit by one missile.
Storehouse of fermented tobacco with more than 800 tons of fermented
tobacco was hit. A large part of the building has been totally destroyed.
5 April 1999, at 2.45 a.m., chemical plants ”Milan Blagojević“ in Lučani
were hit by 10 missiles. ”Spheric powder“ plant was hit and destroyed.
On 9 April 1999, at 1.20 a.m. the facilities of "Crvena zastava" Ltd in Kragujevac (about 30.000 employees) came under missile attack. Two missiles hit and totally demolished the assembly line for "Jugo" car, while other plants were heavily damaged. The paint shop, the forging plant and "Zastava" energy plant were hit by one missile each. Some of the plants as well as the entire car factory - commercial vehicles have been totally destroyed. In the wake of the explosion, 64 residential and office buildings, public and private, in the center of the town and in the immediate vicinity of the enterprise were damaged.
On 12 April 1999, from 10.45 a.m. to 11.20 a.m., one bomb hit the orchard of "Plantaža" Plantation in Uroševac.
On 12 April 1999, from 00.00 to 2.00 a.m., the village of Rznić, municipality of Dečani, was hit by six missiles. In the attack, civilian facilities were hit, including the Collective Farm. Extensive damage was inflicted.
On 13 April 1999, at 3.00 p.m., the bus station in Priština, the "Plastika" factory in the suburb of "Kupusište" and a depot of the oil refinery NIS "Jugopetrol" were bombed. One missile fell and exploded in the "Dardanija" estate.
On 14 April 1999, at 1.50 a.m., in downtown Pristina, the bus station and the Plastika plastics factory were attacked again. Due to the bombing, in addition to an overpass on the road to Kosovo Polje, the building of the ”Magistrala“ road maintenance enterprise was demolished and its machinery were damaged. In the ”Dardanija“ estate, many cars parked nearby were damaged. Šefćet Trnava (born 1977) sustained serious bodily injuries and was retained for medical treatment in the Clinical Center in Priština. The Orthodox cemetery and ”Telekom“ radio relay on Gazimestan, in the village of Orlović, were repeatedly targeted.
On 14 April 1999, at 5.30 a.m., five
missiles hit the facilities of the Holding Corporation "Krušik"
in Valjevo. In the attack, the facilities of "Krušik Fixtures and
Fittings", "Krušik Textile Machines", "Krušik Accumulators"
and "Krušik Energy" were hit. Six workers sustained minor
bodily injuries: Jordan Aleksić,
Slobodan Lazić, Cvetko Obradović were hospitalized, while Zoran Veselinović,
Dragan Sargić and Nedeljko Rakić were sent home after receiving medical
help. In the explosion, a large number of apartment buildings and private
houses were damaged in Valjevo, including the Medical Center ”Dr Miša
Pantić“, Secondary Agricultural School in Valjevo, ”Jugopetrol“ gas
station, railway station building and a large number of private craftmen’s
shops and catering facilities.
On 15 April 1999, from 5.00 a.m till 5.15 a.m., the facilities of "14. oktobar" factory in Kruševac were hit. The first to come under the attack were the facilities of the process plant manufacturing mining equipment and machinery. Supporting pillar, craneway, crane, roof structure, sand plant, electrical wiring, heating installations, ventilation shaft were damaged rendering the facility unusable. In the second attack, construction machinery plant and parts treatment was targeted and demolished. At the same time, in the wider area of Kruševac several missiles were fired. The family house and farm machinery owned by Radovan Radovanović in Kruševac, as well as a house under construction belonging to Radivoje Bajkić on Moravska Street, also in Kruševac. One missile landed between the Gerontological Center and ”Bagdala“ estate. Blocks of flats and other dwelling houses in the vicinity were damaged.
On 15 April 1999, at 1.30 a.m., an air raid was carried out in Belgrade municipality of Rakovica. A large number of civilian public and private buildings were damaged: DP "Jugostroj", DP "Belgrade Bakery", DP "Rekord", DP "IMR", DP "DMB", DP "Minel", facilities within TC "Rakovica", Rakovica monastery, St Bartholomew and Varnava church, municipal building of Rakovica, Center for Culture and Education, Department Store "Beograd", administation building of the Secretarit of the Interior of Rakovica, Telekom Srbija building, secondary mechanical engineering school ”Radoje Dakić“, elementary school ”Ivo Andrić“, elementary school ”France Prešern“, preschool institution ”Izvorčić“, preschool institution ”Hajdi“, preschool institution ”Dimitrije Koturović“, Hotel ”21. maj“, Health Center ”Rakovica“, as well as a large number of shops and housing blocks in this municipality.
On 15 April 1999, at 1.20 a.m. several misiles hit the city center of Kragujevac, i.e. the buildings in the vicinity of the railway and bus stations. In the attack, the building of "Zastava transport spedicija" Ltd was damaged and a dozen family houses in the vicinity.
On 15 April 1999, at 4.45 a.m., several missiles hit the city of Niš and its surroundings. Four missiles fell on Niš airport, two of them in the vicinity of "Medoševski Bridge". A large number of civilian buildings were damaged: administration buildings of DP "Feroks", "Papir servis", DP "Nada Tomić“, warehouse of ”Jagodinska pivara“, veterinary station.
On 17 April 1999, at 10.30 p.m., the facilities of ”Prva iskra - Holding“ in Barič sustained extensive damage. The ensuing fire was extinguished.