Zagreb, February 11, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Marija Avramovic
Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Vesna Pusic, confirmed on Wednesday that Croatian citizens who are fighting in Ukraine are members only of the regular Ukrainian army.
Security and Intelligence Agency (SOA) monitors this and so far there are no indications of any joining paramilitary units, Pusic said just before a government session.
On Tuesday, all the major media in Croatia and Serbia reported on the new front which this time the two warring sides from the nineties took to the east of Ukraine.
BBC writes that in Ukraine voluntarily fight the Spaniards, the French, Swedes, Poles, Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Chechens and others.
Croatian Radio and Television wrote about the tens of Croats who had joined Azov Battalion, a volunteer paramilitary group based in Mariupol, which is fighting against pro-Russian ‘rebels’.
“Croats and Serbs, enemies during the wars of the 90s, opened up a new front in Ukraine where they continue to fight,” stated today’s La Vanguardia, one of the most read Spanish daily papers.
The reaction of Minister Pusic comes at the right time, if you take into account the increased tensions caused by Branimir Glavas, even on social networks.
Glavas, convicted war criminal, recently returned to Croatia and began a sort of campaign against Serbs in Croatia, without any direct implications but only with spicy posts on Facebook page or visiting the Parliament and chatting with some old friends inside of it.
The public represented through some media, social networks or independent and lone voices condemn him for hate speech, but important calls for judgment are lacking, falling thus to condemn the whole issue.
Everyone agrees that the Croatian society does not need a return trip to the near war period, but everyone still have slightly different ideas about how everyday life should look like. Maybe, for starters, completely focusing on economic growth, the renunciation of the ideas of the nineties and petty politics could help this Balkan society get up on its feet.