Latest Yugoslav Wars News

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...

Kosovo seeks to join Europe's top human rights organization

May. 12, 2022 08:30 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The government of Kosovo formally applied Thursday for membership of the Council of Europe, the continent's top human rights organization. Neighboring Serbia, from which Kosovo seceded after a war in the late 1990s and which doesn't recognize its former...

Top global official: Bosnian Serbs are trying to `secede'

May. 11, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top international official in Bosnia warned Wednesday that Bosnian Serbs are trying to “secede” and undermine the country’s sovereignty, and he urged the international community to safeguard the rights of all its people and uphold the peace agreement that ended...

Albanian PM meets Kosovo ex-leader held on war crime charges

May. 10, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s prime minister on Tuesday visited Kosovo’s ex-president Hashim Thaci in a prison in The Netherlands, where he is being held pending trial for alleged war crimes. Edi Rama told journalists after the meeting that Thaci believed his trial would...

Bosnia calls election for Oct. 2 amid political tensions

May. 04, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia will hold a presidential and parliamentary ballot on Oct. 2 amid ethnic tensions and a row over an election reform. The state election authorities on Wednesday scheduled the vote despite demands from Bosnian Croats that the new election...

'A huge demand': Ukrainian women train to clear landmines

Apr. 30, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

PEJA, Kosovo (AP) — Learning to identify and defuse explosives is something Anastasiia Minchukova never thought she would have to do as an English teacher in Ukraine. Yet there she was wearing a face shield, armed with a landmine detector and venturing into a field dotted with danger warnings. ...

Montenegro lawmakers elect pro-EU government after crisis

Apr. 28, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin lawmakers on Thursday approved a new, pro-Western government that promised to speed up European Union integration and make an effort to bridge a deep political divide in the small Balkan nation. The government of Prime Minister Dritan...

Live Updates | Russians fight in streets of Ukrainian town

Apr. 18, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

KVIV, Ukraine — A Ukrainian military official said street battles have begun and evacuation is impossible in the town of Kreminna. That's one of only two spots where the Ukrainians said the Russians managed to break through on Monday along a front stretching for hundreds of miles. ...

Bosnians warn Ukrainians: It's a long journey to justice

Apr. 18, 2022 04:23 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (AP) — Regardless of how the Russian war in Ukraine ends, getting justice for human rights abuses suffered during the conflict will inevitably be a long and painful process for those who survive to tell of the atrocities they witnessed. That's the message from...