Kijevo, Croatia

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Kijevo
Village
Kijevo is located in Croatia
Kijevo
Kijevo
Location of Kijevo in Croatia
Coordinates: 43°58′N 16°21′E / 43.967°N 16.350°E / 43.967; 16.350
Country Croatia
County Šibenik-Knin
Government
 • Mayor Ivan Stjepan Bajan (HDZ)
Area
 • Total 74.37 km2 (28.71 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 417
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Kijevo is a village and a municipality in the Dalmatian hinterland, southeast of Knin in the Šibenik-Knin county in Croatia. The population of the municipality is 417 (2011),[1] with 100% declaring themselves Croats.[2]

Location[edit]

Kijevo lies underneath the Dinara mountain, near the source of river Cetina. It is located on the State route D1 between towns of Vrlika and Knin.

History[edit]

Thirty-four people from Kijevo died in the First World War.[3]

In World War II, Kijevo became part of the Independent State of Croatia. In the spring of 1942, the town was attacked by Yugoslav Partisans. The attack resulted in approximately half the town's population fleeing the town, and resettling in Slavonia and Syrmia.[4] On January 27, 1943 Kijevo was attacked by Chetniks at a time when there was no military defence in the town, resulting in the deaths of 45 civilians.[4] A total of 209 people from Kijevo died during the war.[4]

Kijevo gained infamy during the Croatian War of Independence in 1990 and 1991 when it was became the site of the 1991 siege of Kijevo, which involved the Yugoslav People's Army under Ratko Mladić and the forces of SAO Krajina under Milan Martić who encircled the Croat-inhabited village, defended by an isolated outpost of the Croatian Police. By the end of the year, the enclave was attacked and overrun and the bulk of the population left after the artillery had destroyed much of their settlements. The ethnic cleansing of Kijevo was later prosecuted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population by Age and Sex, by Settlements, 2011 Census: Kijevo". Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Population by Ethnicity, by Towns/Municipalities, 2011 Census: County of Šibenik-Knin". Zagreb: Croatian Bureau of Statistics. December 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  3. ^ Ante Kovačević. Kijevo i okolica : kulturnopovijesna, etnografska i prirodna baština Hrvatskog podinarja. Kijevo : Općinsko poglavarstvo, 2000. (pg. 18)
  4. ^ a b c Ante Kovačević. Kijevo i okolica : kulturnopovijesna, etnografska i prirodna baština Hrvatskog podinarja. Kijevo : Općinsko poglavarstvo, 2000. (pgs. 21-22)

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Coordinates: 43°58′44″N 16°21′04″E / 43.97889°N 16.35111°E / 43.97889; 16.35111