The Yugoslav army and navy pounded Croatian villages near the Adriatic resort of Dubrovnik Wednesday after saying the time for talking was over in the country's three-month conflict.
The army issued a new threat to destroy key targets in Croatia and accused the rebel republic's leaders of using a 10-day truce to regroup its forces and attack military bases."This is definitely finished. We no longer believe in words," federal army chiefs said in a statement.
Croatian radio said 15 federal soldiers were killed and seven Croatian fighters injured overnight in clashes around Nova Gradiska in central Croatia, and fighting rocked Osijek in eastern Croatia. The death toll could not be confirmed.
The radio said the army launched fierce new cannon and infantry attacks on the Dubrovnik area from the neighboring republics of Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina and the navy pounded the shore from positions off Dubrovnik port.
The army blocked off the whole Dubrovnik region and cut electricity and water, it said.
"Grenades hit churches, hotels, an airport, gas stations and the Adriatic highway," the radio said.