Latest Yugoslav Wars News

Greece: Serbian vacationer held on war crimes warrant

Jun. 27, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in Greece have detained a 59-year-old Serbian man wanted in Croatia for alleged war crimes committed in 1991, during the bloody break-up of Yugoslavia. Authorities said the man, who has not been named, was detained Monday after crossing the border...

Kosovo arrests man accused of war crimes in 1999 fighting

Jun. 27, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors on Monday charged a man with war crimes for allegedly being part of a group of Serbian forces that executed at least nine ethnic Albanian civilians during the country's 1998-1999 war. Prosecutors said in a statement that the suspect,...

Bosnian Serb leader prays for Trump's return, praises Putin

Jun. 26, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The leader of Bosnia's Serbs said Sunday he hoped former U.S. President Donald Trump would return to power and that the Serbs would “wait for appropriate global circumstances” to reach for their goal of seceding from Bosnia, which he called an...

Kosovo official says ex-leaders' trial is taking too long

Jun. 17, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A senior Kosovo official on Friday criticized the length of the international trial process for detained former independence fighters charged with war crimes during and after the 1998-1999 war in the Balkan country. Kosovo’s parliament speaker Glauk...

Scholz: Serbia, Kosovo must recognize each other to join EU

Jun. 10, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia and Kosovo must recognize each other in order to join the European Union, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Friday said as he expressed support for quicker integration of the Western Balkans into the bloc amid the war in Ukraine. Scholz, on a visit...

US sanctions 2 Bosnian officials for undermining peace

Jun. 06, 2022 12:43 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The United States sanctioned two prominent Bosnian officials Monday, accusing them of threatening the peace, stability and prosperity in their country which has never fully recovered from its brutal inter-ethnic war in the 1990s. The U.S....

Kosovo war veterans clash with police, want higher pensions

Jun. 06, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Hundreds of Kosovo war veterans clashed with police Monday at a protest to demand higher pensions, leaving at least three people injured, police said. Police kept members of the War Veterans' Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) away from the...

UK minister: Russian meddling 'must be stopped' in Bosnia

May. 26, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visited Bosnia's capital Thursday to reaffirm the U.K.’s commitment to the ethnically divided Balkan country amid growing fears of what she described as malign influence from Russia. Truss was meeting with...

Kosovo war veterans imprisoned for witness intimidation

May. 18, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A European Union-backed war crimes court sentenced two leaders of a Kosovo war veterans’ association to 4 1/2 years in prison Wednesday for witness intimidation and obstructing justice. The Hague-based Kosovo Specialist Chambers said Hysni Gucati and...

Russian soldier on trial in first Ukraine war-crimes case

May. 13, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A 21-year-old Russian soldier went on trial Friday in Kyiv for the killing of an unarmed Ukrainian civilian, marking the first war crime prosecution of a member of the Russian military from 11 weeks of bloodshed in Ukraine. The soldier, a captured member of a...