Tuesday, March 30, 1999 Published at 00:57 GMT 01:57 UK
Refugees flee Kosovo horror
Most refugees are women, children and pensioners
In a desperate race to halt the Serb military machine, Nato officials say around the clock attacks are being mounted and have confirmed it has been using special A-10 "tankbuster" planes.
Nato says the humanitarian crisis is deepening and a number of leading Kosovo Albanians have been executed.
According to Nato, Yugoslav forces are attempting to ethnically re-engineer Kosovo's political make-up as they force refugees out of Kosovo.
Refugees arriving in Macedonia, Albania and the Yugoslav Republic of Montenegro say:
Reliable monitors report that refugees are crossing the border into Albania at the rate of 4,000 people per hour.
Offensive steps up
The Nato offensive is stepping up a gear despite bad weather. Nato sources say the air strikes have been going on all day - the sixth day of strikes - with much more intensity than before.
The Pentagon says it is beefing up its air power over Yugoslavia, deploying five long-range B-1 bombers and five more EA-6B Prowler aircraft.
Witnesses said detonations occurred in the direction of Pancevo near military installations shortly after air raid warnings sounded at 1848 GMT.
Serb news agencies are reporting three powerful explosions near Podgorica, the capital of neighbouring Montenegro. Serb radio says a Nato plane - believed to be a Harrier - was downed over Podgorica early on Tuesday morning. There is no independent confirmation of this.
In Moscow, Russian President Yeltsin said he would send his prime minister on a peace mission to Belgrade. Yevgeny Primakov is expected on Tuesday.
The BBC Moscow Correspondent Andrew Harding says it is not clear what new proposals Moscow can now put forward or whether it intends to apply real pressure on President Milosevic or simply show solidarity with him.
The European Union's outgoing commissioner for humanitarian aid, Emma Bonino, said she would also be visiting the region later this week.
The British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, said Mr Milosevic should be made to pay a high price for "every act of barbarity and slaughter of the innocents".
French President Jacques Chirac said Mr Milosevic is responsible for more than 200,000 deaths and millions of displaced people during conflicts in the Balkans over the past 10 years.
"Today we must stop the spiral of barbarity and take away from this regime the means to conduct such operations," Mr Chirac told the French people in a televised address.
Nato spokesman Jamie Shea said Belgrade was seeking to destabilise the entire region by sending a flood of refugees into neighbouring countries.
Nato says Serbia is attempting to cancel out the identity of the refugees by withdrawing their passports and car number plates.
Mr Agani led the Kosovo Albanian delegation at the peace talks in Paris.
Air-Commodore Wilby said the editor-in-chief of the Kosovar daily newspaper Koha Ditore, Veton Surroi, was among those "executed".
Plea for help
Albania and Macedonia, which have been receiving tens of thousands of refugees have appealed for urgent international help to provide for the refugees.
People are continuing to arrive at the Albanian border in their thousands. Refugees are also streaming out of Kosovo into Montenegro, in the north.
A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Lyndall Sachs, said giving definite figures was difficult because there were no longer monitors on the ground.
"This is the figure which has been put together over the past year since this conflict broke out. So a lot of those were displaced before the Nato offensive," Lyndall Sachs said.
Serbia denies crisis
"There is no humanitarian catastrophe in Kosovo whatsoever," she said in a television interview.
There is still no sign that Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic is prepared to back down in the face of Nato's air campaign.