Vladimir Groysman, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, announced that the Ukrainian government established a joint working group of representatives from Ukraine and Croatia to adopt the Croatian experience of reintegrating the disputed territory after the end of an internal military conflict, RIA Novosti Ukraine reported June 15.
“[Our] Officials should use the Croatian experience as example of how control over the disputed territory and peace in society were restored after a bloody [civil] war which was provoked by the regime of Slobodan Milosevic,” said the Ukrainian politician.
It is expected that a draft of the Donbass region ”reintegration” law will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian Parliament – Editor], in the coming days.
Croatia broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991 along with three other republics as a result of an acute political crisis. The secession of Croatia was followed by a military conflict with its own Serbian population. Serbia, which remained a part of Yugoslavia, participated in this conflict on the side of the Serbian population. The Serbs remembered the genocide committed by the Croatian Ustaše [Croatian fascist movement which ruled the Independent State of Croatia during WWII – Edtior] against the Serbian population during the WWII. They understood that after breaking away from Yugoslavia, they will be left alone facing the Croatian nationalists without protection. The Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK) was proclaimed on the territory of Croatia. The Republic existed until 1995 when most of its land was occupied by the Croatian military during Operations “Flash” and “Storm”. The rest of RSK was annexed by Croatia in 1998.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency