borovo, godišnjica ubojstva 12 policajaca.jpg
Photograph: HINA/ ik

A commemoration was held in Borovo, eastern Croatia on Monday to mark the 25th anniversary of when 12 policemen were killed in an ambush in 1991, set up Serb rebels and paramilitaries.

Today's commemoration included wreath-laying ceremonies at which an appeal was sent once again to authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The death of these twelve policemen is a grief to all of us, but we must live intolerance has grown. We are divided in our views...but we have to put our heads together and move ahead toward victory in order to create better lives, said retired general Mladen Markac, while addressing those gathered as President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic's special envoy.

Markac underscored that the basis for a better life for Croatian citizens has to be the Homeland War and that the truth about it must not be kept silent but should be constantly spoken about.

Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said that "Greater Serbia policies in this place were geared by hate against freedom and life. That is the truth that needs to be known. Not for the sake of revenge but for peace and tolerance and justice so that those responsible for this crime are brought to justice," Orepic underscored.

The 12 members of the Vinkovci Police Department Special Unit were killed in the ambush after two of their colleagues had been taken prisoner by Serb paramilitaries during a regular patrol in Borovo in the night between 1 and 2 May 1991.

After negotiations on their release failed, a group of members of special police forces from Vinkovci were sent to Borovo on May 2. In a conflict with Serb paramilitaries that followed, 12 of them were killed and another 22 were wounded.

The policemen who were killed were Stjepan Bosnjak (born in 1955), Antun Grbavac (1961), Josip Culej (1966), Mladen Saric (1965), Zdenko Perica (1965), Zoran Grasic (1969), Ivica Vucic (1961), Luka Crnkovic (1970), Marinko Petrusic (1966), Janko Covic (1965), Zeljko Hrala (1968) and Mladen Catic (1971).

Related stories

Wreath-laying ceremony held on mass grave site at Lovas farm

Commemoration for Borovo Naselje victims held

25th anniversary of occupation of Berak marked

56 civilians killed in 1990s war commemorated

Commemoration marking Vukovar Remembrance Day starts

Latest news

Plane crashes at airport in Melbourne

A five-passenger charter plane has crashed into a building next to Essendon Airport in Melbourne, with witnesses reporting explosions, fire and black smoke, police said Tuesday.

Air France pilots give green light to lower cost subsidiary

Members of Air France's main pilots union on Monday voted to accept the creation of a new lower cost subsidiary that the flag carrier hopes will help it compete on long-haul routes.

US Army General McMaster tapped as Trump's national security advisor

Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster will be the new White House national security advisor, US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday.

Greece's creditors want sweeping reforms before next bailout payment

Greece must make sweeping reforms to its labour market, pension system and collective bargaining agreements in order to receive its next vital bailout payment, the country's European creditors said Monday.

President wants to recall "politically appointed ambassadors", can't do it without gov't

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said that many politically appointed Croatian ambassadors were not carrying out state policies but that she could not replace them without the government to appoint career diplomats who would fight for Croatia's interests.

Izetbegovic hopes ICJ will confirm Serbia's responsibility for genocide

The Bosniak member of the tripartite presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic, on Monday rejected criticism stirred up by the announcement that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) would be requested to review its judgement made after Bosnia sued Serbia for genocide.

British lawmakers locked in heated debate over Trump's state visit

Allowing US President Donald Trump to visit Britain would be akin to "pimping out the Queen," one British lawmaker said Monday during a heated debate in British parliament over two petitions concerning the US leader's future state visit.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's sharp-tongued ambassador to the UN, dies

Russia's long-time ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died in New York on Monday, following a career that spanned four decades and saw Russia emerge from the Soviet Union and experience many turbulent events in its relations with the West.

French police raid National Front over European Parliament payments

France's far-right National Front Monday said that investigators had searched its offices in relation to allegations that it misused European Parliament funds.

Unhappy Presidents' Day: Trump still manoeuvring after Sweden comment

Donald Trump used his first Presidents' Day in office to continue trying to talk his way out of comments implying a terrorist attack in Sweden that never happened.

Croatia supports Kosovo's territorial integrity - Grabar-Kitarovic

Croatia's President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Monday expressed the support to Kosovo's territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations during her talks with the visiting Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj.

Petrov rules out early parliamentary election

Parliament Speaker and Bridge party leader Bozo Petrov on Monday dismissed speculation about a reshuffle of the parliamentary majority, saying an early election was likelier, but that right now he did not see "such a scenario."