“With the Flash military police operation, Western Slavonia was liberated. The action began on May 1st, 1995 at dawn and in less than 32 hours Croatian forces liberated 500 square kilometres and control was established over the Zagreb-Lipovac highway and the railway tracks toward Eastern Slavonia.

51 Croatian soldiers gave their lives during Operation Flash. 23 years after the operation the victims have finally received a dignified monument in the centre of Okučani, where the entire state leadership arrived today – President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković as well as Ministers Damir KrstičevićDavor Božinovićand Tomo Medved.

The program began with a wake up on the streets of Okučani led by the Croatian Armed Forces Orchestra, while in the Croatian Knights Memorial Park a demonstration was held of ceremonial actions by the Honor Battalion, the work of military police dogs by the Military Police Regiment and close combat by the Special Forces Command. In the gymnasium of the elementary school Croatian Veterans Sports Games were ceremonially opened under the organization of the Association of Homeland War Veterans from Slavonski Brod – Posavina County. The central part of today’s ceremony featured the unveiling of the ‘Crystal Cubes of Serenity’ monument, in memory of soldiers that gave their lives in the Flash military-police operation. Wreaths were laid and candles lit while the state leadership laid a wreath in the name of the Republic of Croatia.” (Voice of Croatia)

“The memorial service at the St. Mark’s Church, served by the Archpriest Jovan Blagojevic, today marked 23 years since the Croatian military aggression ‘Flash’ and the suffering of Serbs in Western Slavonia.

The memorial service was also attended by President of the Alliance of Serbs from the region, Miodrag Linta, who said that the Croatian military aggression ‘Flash,’ in which more than 20,000 Serbs were expelled and nearly 300 Serbian civilians captured, was ‘the final act of ethnic cleansing of Serbs from the region of Western Slavonia.’

He reminded guests that during the autumn of 1991, ‘over 80,000 Serbs were expelled from most parts of Western Slavonia, that about 200 Serb villages were burned, or mined and destroyed, because the Serbs were in the absolute majority, that over 5,000 Serbian houses were destroyed.’

It states that during and after the military operation “Flash” in 1995, the Croatian Army and the police committed numerous crimes against Serb civilians and prisoners and that, 23 years later, the Croatian judiciary did not prosecute, nor condemned any of the perpetrators of this terrible crime.” (translated from Politika)