Friday, March 26, 1999 Published at 14:10 GMT
Bombers head for Yugoslavia
Cruise strikes: USS Gonzalez in the Adriatic launches a missile
American B-52 Bombers armed with cruise missiles have taken off for Yugoslavia from their base at Fairford in the UK.
The new mission follows a second night of air strikes over the Kosovo crisis involving more than 100 Nato warplanes.
At one point a Serbian television channel was reported to have appealed for surgeons and for blood donors.
In Kosovo itself, unconfirmed reports have indicated renewed fighting and an alleged massacre of 20 villagers by Serb policemen.
US President Bill Clinton made a direct address on Friday morning to the people of Yugoslavia, explaining Nato's action. He said the alliance's quarrel was not with them and that they should blame their leader, President Slobodan Milosevic, for what was happening.
He said the US and its allies had resorted to military action only as a last resort.
"In the end we decided that the dangers of acting are outweighed by the dangers of allowing this conflict to continue," the president said.
Nato has warned President Milosevic his armed forces will be destroyed unless he backs down over Kosovo.
More than 100 Nato planes, including US stealth bombers, F-15 and F-16 fighter jets and Sea Harriers, took part in the second night of raids.
Four US warships also launched a barrage of Tomahawk Cruise missiles from the Adriatic Sea.
Loud blasts were heard near Belgrade and witnesses said there were at least 15 explosions around Kosovo's capital.
Reported targets included barracks in Urosevac in southern Kosovo, an airport at the city of Nis, a military supplies factory and air defence centres.
Bombs fell around Golubovci airport outside Montenegro's capital Podgorica and explosions were heard near Danilovgrad where munitions dumps are located.
No independent confirmation of damage or casualties in Serbia is possible as the government has expelled journalists whose countries are involved in the strikes.
As Operation Allied Force resumed, Yugoslavia confirmed it had broken off diplomatic relations with the United States, Britain, France and Germany.
Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic said the bombings meant an end to the international peace plan for Kosovo, but Belgrade was still prepared to give the province autonomy.
In a conflicting interview, he later said they would cease all operations against the ethnic Albanians if Nato stopped its bombing.
Italy, which is providing air bases to launch attacks over the Adriatic Sea, caused a flurry of diplomacy from allies after suggesting negotiations should restart.
There have also been demonstrations in several countries - the most serious in Macedonia where Serbs tried to set fire to the US embassy.
Russia has forced the Security Council to vote on Friday afternoon on whether the strikes are legal.
President Boris Yeltsin described Nato's aggression as ''a gross mistake'' and has warned the US it would be held to account for the strikes.