“Several thousand people from across Croatia rallied on Saturday in the eastern town of Vukovar, demanding that the state speed up investigations of war crimes committed in the area during the country’s 1991-95 independence war.

Vukovar, which lies on the Danube close to the Serbian border, was reduced to rubble during a three-month siege by the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army and local Serb militia in 1991.

Local people who suffered torture or rape during the conflict addressed the rally live and in videos, accusing Croatia’s institutions, notably the judiciary, of failing to prosecute war criminals.” (Reuters)

“Commenting on Saturday’s protest rally by war veterans in Vukovar, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Sunday that war crimes investigations and prosecutions were the tasks of law enforcement and the judiciary and that these institutions should deal with what has not been investigated or prosecuted yet.

Plenkovic made the statement while responding to questions from the press on the central Adriatic island of Dugi Otok where he was attending a Croatian military exercise.

‘Many trials have been completed to date and some are still ongoing. However, there are certainly still war crimes that have not been fully investigated or prosecuted and I believe this task should be addressed by those institutions,’ the Prime Minister said.” (N1)

“The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović adopted a dog during a visit to a shelter in Virovitica, Northern Croatia. While the president was in the shelter, a mini-labrador caught her eye. The pet will soon become ‘the first hound of the Croatian presidency.'” (EU Scoop)