War veterans, war victims, citizens and state officials march in Vukovar on November 18, 2016 during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar to Serb forces. / AFP / STR
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Tens of thousands of Croatians gathered in Vukovar on Friday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the town's fall to Serb forces, one of the darkest episodes of the Balkans wars.About 1,600 Croatian soldiers and civilians were killed and the Danube town was virtually destroyed during fierce shelling by then Yugoslav forces.On Thursday, the Croatian government named retired general Ante Gotovina, who was acquitted four years ago by a UN court of war crimes against Serbs, to a key defence ministry post, a move not welcomed in Belgrade.After the war Vukovar was put under UN administration and reintegrated into Croatia in 1998 .
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