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Monday, April 12, 1999 Published at 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK


Nato strikes: Week two



Week five: Nato tightens grip
Week four: Refugees hit
Week three: Nato reinforces
Week two: Refugee exodus
Week one: Strikes begin

Kosovo: Special Report
Nato intensifies its bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, hitting government buildings in central Belgrade and key bridges. As the strikes continue, the flow of refugees from Kosovo increases massively. The appearance on Belgrade TV of three US soldiers captured by Serbia on the Macedonian border brings a new emphasis to the conflict for Americans.

Follow the second week of the Nato campaign in this day-by-day guide. Read the main stories, BBC analysis and the best video and audio clips.

Use the options on the left to return to latest news and other current BBC coverage.


Nato strikes: Day 14
(6 April)


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Serbs declare unilateral ceasefire
Yugoslavia declares a ceasefire after the heaviest Nato bombardment of Serbia so far. The offer is dismissed by both the US and the UK.

Analysis
Defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus on why Nato rejects the offer from Belgrade
Is Belgrade's resolve weakening ... asks Balkan specialist Gabriel Partos?
Profile: UK Overseas Aid Minister Clare Short

Multimedia
   Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic outlines the Serb offer
   Brian Hanrahan on the damage done by the Nato raids
   BBC correspondent David Shukman gains exclusive access to Nato's military headquarters in Brussels   President Clinton: "Empty promises won't do the job"


Nato strikes: Day 13
(5 April)


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Kosovo aid frustrated by delays
Aid agencies press the Macedonian authorities to speed up the processing of refugees trapped on their border. Cruise missiles pound Belgrade for the third consecutive night.

Analysis
Blueprint for Kosovo: Nick Childs on the long-term options
Gabriel Partos on Montenegro under threat

Multimedia
   Bridget Kendall on the road ahead
   UK Prime Minister Tony Blair:"Battle between civilisation and barbarity"


Nato strikes: Day 12
(4 April)


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Massive relief effort under way
International efforts gather pace to help the tens of thousands of refugees flooding out of Kosovo. Macedonia agrees to let Nato allies set up a camp for up to 100,000 people stranded on the border.

Analysis
Washington correspondent Paul Reynolds on Clinton's greatest test

Multimedia
   Ben Brown on the Macedonian border
   Duncan Kennedy in Albania: "This wretched human spectacle continues"
   KLA spokesman, "Drini" talks to the BBC from inside Kosovo
   Serb TV News report (dubbed into English): Refugees fleeing Nato bombing
   David Willey in Rome on the Pope's appeal for peace


Nato strikes: Day 11
(3 April)


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Heart of Belgrade bombed
Cruise missiles wreck government buildings in the centre of Belgrade in a dramatic escalation of Nato operations, as tens of thousands of refugees continue to pour out of Kosovo.

Analysis
Who's winning the battle for Kosovo?

Multimedia
   George Alagiah's report containing exclusive pictures from inside Kosovo (Warning: Some may find pictures disturbing)
   Ben Brown reports for the BBC: "Disease is spreading and people are dying"
   Hannu Pekka Laiho of the Red Cross: "People are really suffering"
   John Simpson in Belgrade reports on the bombing
   Nato spokesman Jamie Shea: "No target is sanctuary"


Nato strikes: Day ten
(2 April)


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Refugee exodus 'out of control'
A sharp increase is reported in the exodus of refugees from Kosovo, as Nato says more than a third of the province's population has fled. The UN refugee agency says the refugee situation is reaching nightmare proportions.

Analysis
UN left on sidelines

Multimedia
   Stephen Gibbs: Propaganda coup for Milosevic
   The fears of a POW parent
   Milodrag Popovic: "Under the Geneva Convention, you are not allowed to bomb our country"
   The BBC's Ben Brown reports on the plight of the refugees
   Defence Correspondent Jonathan Marcus reports on wider security concerns


Nato strikes: Day nine
(1 April)


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Serbs capture US soldiers
Three US soldiers are captured on the Macedonian border and shown on Belgrade TV. Nato air assaults intensify, destroying a key bridge in the city of Novi Sad, the first major civilian target hit.

Analysis
Defence Correspondent Jonathan Marcus on the effectiveness of the first week of Nato strikes

Eyewitness
James Naughtie on the unfolding tragedy at the Macedonian border
Kate Adie with the crew of Nato's Awacs flying control centre

Texts and transcripts
Yeltsin's call for immediate action on Kosovo

Multimedia
The BBC's Bridget Kendall : 'It was exactly what Nato had been dreading'
Yugoslav Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic: "Nothing wrong could happen to the captives"
Jonathan Charles: "Bridge was important transit route"
'Arkan' talks to the BBC


Nato strikes: Day eight
(31 March)


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Refugees 'face starvation'
As Nato pledges to intensify strikes, the UN warns that refugees inside Kosovo could face starvation. Russia, meanwhile, prepares to send warships to the region.

Analysis
Jamie Shea: Nato's man with the common touch
Guthrie: A textbook British general
Doubts cast on Nato reports

Multimedia
   Allan Little reports on Russia's view of the crisis
The BBC's Ben Brown: Refugees tell tales of trauma and despair
John Simspon reports from Belgrade
   Serbian deputy minister Milorad Popovic: "Refugees are fleeing the bombs"


Nato strikes: The first week
(24-30 March)


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Serbia bombed
Full BBC coverage of the first week of Nato's action with links to original stories, transcripts + BBC audio and video reports.
BBC reports include: First raids, reports of scorched earth policy in Kosovo, Nato loses Stealth fighter, refugees tell stories of atrocities, Nato starts round-the-clock air attacks, Russian mediation comes to nothing.


Build-up to conflict

Timeline
Details of the negotiations at Rambouillet, the earlier massacre at Racak and the history of the conflict stretching back to March 1998. With links to original stories, transcripts, BBC audio and video reports.




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