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NATO bombs destroy Danube River bridge

The last standing bridge over the Danube River in Novi Sad has been destroyed

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Novi Sad bridges all destroyed

Serb TV on and off

Dissension in Yugoslav ranks?


BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (CNN) -- NATO bombs destroyed the last of three bridges connecting Novi Sad -- Yugoslavia's second largest city -- with the Serb heartland in the south, the British Defense Ministry said Monday, confirming earlier reports from Yugoslav sources.

And while NATO's air campaign continued to rain bombs on Yugoslavia, the International Committee of the Red Cross said it had been allowed to meet with three U.S. servicemen captured more than three weeks ago by the Yugoslav army.

The men were described as being in, "reasonably good condition," the Pentagon told CNN. The Red Cross has been promised a longer visit with the servicemen on Tuesday.

Yugoslavia had pledged to abide by the Geneva Conventions rules about treatment of prisoners of war, but had so far not allowed a visit from the ICRC, one of the conventions' requirements.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Stone, Staff Sgt. Andrew Ramirez and Spc. Steven Gonzales were captured, reportedly while on a routine patrol as part of the peacekeeping mission in Macedonia earlier this month.

Novi Sad bridges all destroyed

The bombing campaign targets included sites in Pricevic, Valjevo and Smederevo, according to Internet reports, as well as the bridge at Novi Sad.

"In spite of continuing poor weather in the operational area, NATO continued with its air campaign," British chief of defense staff Gen. Charles Guthrie said. "A number of targets in Serbia were attacked, including destroying the third and last remaining bridge over the Danube in Novi Sad."

NATO had struck all three spans before, rendering two of them unusable, before wrecking the final span, known as the Zezeljev Bridge, Sunday night.

Yugoslav anti-aircraft batteries were said to have responded to the attack, but NATO said all its planes returned safely from the mission.

NATO also confirmed an attack on a fuel depot at Pricevic. Attacks took place at Smederevo, according to Internet reports, while Serb TV reported attacks at Sombor near the Hungarian border and the Slatina airport outside Pristina.

Serb TV on and off

Serb TV, struck twice by the bombing campaign over the weekend, stopped broadcasting at 3:34 a.m. Monday (9:34 p.m. EDT Sunday) after an announcement. It resumed programming with a news bulletin at 6:30 a.m., and went off the air again at 10:15 a.m., saying it would return in 45 minutes. It returned to air shortly before 2 p.m.

In other developments, seven more Apache helicopters arrived in Tirana, Albania, Sunday, bringing the total number there to 18, with six more set to arrive before they can be deployed.

Also in Tirana Sunday was NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, meeting with officials and troops. Clark told reporters the air campaign was "right on schedule, really."

Dissension in Yugoslav ranks?

Gen. Clark speaks to reporters in Tirana, Albania  

"We said it would be a serious and sustained effort. We said it would progressively intensify. We've more than doubled the number of aircraft that are engaged," he said.

"We're bringing in addition reconnaissance means and others, and I think we are having an effect," said Clark. "As I said in Washington a couple of days ago, we're winning, Milosevic is losing, and he knows it."

Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic gave candid and critical remarks about his government in an interview Sunday, according to British Defense Secretary George Robertson.

"Draskovic called yesterday for the Serbian state media to tell the truth about the Kosovo conflict, and to stop lying to the Serbian people," Robertson said. "(It) blows a hole in the facade of Belgrade's unity. In quite a remarkable and very revealing interview, Mr. Draskovic accused his fellow leaders in Yugoslavia of, I quote, 'Lying to the people that any day now we are going to prevail over NATO; that NATO is about to collapse, and Russia is on the verge of starting World War III.'"

Robertson also quoted Draskovic as saying, "NATO has never been stronger and more homogeneous, and Russia will never send us military aid, as this will close the door to Western financial channels."

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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from

  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International

  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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