War In The Balkans: Timetable Day 17

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The Independent Online
Friday, 9 April

2am: The Serbian news agency, Tanjug, reports Nato jets have struck an oil storage depot east of Belgrade. It says at least seven missiles exploded in Kragujevac, 55 miles south of Belgrade.

5am: Serbian forces and KLA guerrillas exchange machine-gun fire on the Yugoslav-Albanian border. Two mortar shells land in Albania.

7am: About 800 Kosovo refugees enter Macedonia, saying Serbian police stripped them of all their possessions before letting them through.

9am: UN refugee agency says 10,000 ethnic Albanian refugees who were missing have been located in Macedonia and Albania.

11.05am: Tanjug says five explosions have been heard in Pristina.

2pm: Nato says there is a Serb build-up of forces north of Kosovo and no evidence of a withdrawal.

2.05pm: Nato says a bomb aimed at the main telephone exchange in Pristina on Tuesday struck a residential area.

3pm: Spyros Kyprianou of Cyprus meets Slobodan Milosevic, to try to gain release of three American soldiers.

6.40pm: Kyprianou says his mission has failed because of "intensified heavy bombing" by Nato.

6.49pm: OSCE says Serbian forces have shelled KLA in Albania.

11pm: The first US Apache tank-busting helicopters deployed by Nato expected to arrive in Albania.