War In The Balkans: Timetable Day 16

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Wednesday 7 April

11.00pm

Unmanned US army reconnaissance aircraft is shot down.

Thursday 8 April

12.30am

Missiles hit a former army building in Belgrade. Explosions in Kraljevo and nearby villages.

8.00am

Heavy explosions rock Pristina.

12.30pm

Tanjug news agency reports at least three people killed in Nato strike at 4am local time on a ski resort south of Belgrade.

1pm

Nato announces it will send 8,000 troops to Albania to provide "military support" to the humanitarian aid effort.

3pm

The French Defence Minister says Nato air strikes have shattered the Yugoslav military command and reduced its ability to reinforce its troops in Kosovo.

4pm

Spyros Kyprianou, Speaker of the Cypriot parliament, arrives in Belgrade to try to secure the release of three American prisoners of war.

4.30pm

Serbian security forces say they are ending an offensive against Albanian "terrorists" and that peace has been restored in Kosovo.

Yugoslavia's Information Minister says there will be some "good news" about captured American soldiers.

6.15pm

Slovenia, which broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991, says it will take in 1,600 refugees fleeing the violence in Kosovo.

7.20pm

Nato arranges safe air passage for Mr Kyprianou to free captive US soldiers.

7.40pm

Thousands gather on Belgrade's last two remaining bridges to act as human shields.

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