Tordinci

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Tordinci
Village and Municipality
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Tordinci is located in Croatia
Tordinci
Tordinci
Location in Croatia
Coordinates: 45°22′N 18°48′E / 45.367°N 18.800°E / 45.367; 18.800Coordinates: 45°22′N 18°48′E / 45.367°N 18.800°E / 45.367; 18.800
Country  Croatia
County Vukovar-Syrmia
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,251
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code ?
Area code(s) 32
Vehicle registration VK

Tordinci is a village and a municipality in the Vukovar-Srijem County in Croatia. According to the 2001 census, there are 2,251 inhabitants,[1] 75.88% Croat and 18% Hungarian.

The settlements in the municipality are:[1]

  • Antin (population 806)
  • Korog (population 521) Hungarian enclave (Kórógy)
  • Mlaka Antinska (population 88)
  • Tordinci (population 836)

In the Croatian War of Independence Serb forces destroyed the bell towers of a Catholic parish in the village of Tordinci by artillery fire. In 2008 the towers were restored.[2]

During the war, Tordinci was attacked for the first time by artillery on 14 August 1991.[3] New artillery attacks occurred for three consecutive days, on 20–22 August, and were repeated on 30 August.[4] A further artillery attack on the village were recorded on 2 September and one more two days later. On 6 September, Tordinci was shelled again and attacked by Croatian Serb Territorial Defense Forces (TO) and the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) infantry at 20:00. The infantry attack was successfully repulsed by the Croatian National Guard (ZNG). A series of artillery attacks occurred on 15–29 September, while the JNA and the ZNG fought for control of the JNA barracks in nearby Vinkovci.[5] A fresh ground assault on Tordinci was repulsed by the ZNG on 30 September. The next day, civilian population started to flee Tordinci, panicking after the Croatian Serb TO and JNA captured Antin the previous day. On 2 October, defence of Tordinci was reinforced by 97 ZNG troops of the 109th Infantry Brigade, before a new mortar attack on the village the following day.[6] On 25 October, 30 JNA tanks, supported by infantry, surrounded Tordinci at 22:00. The force captured the village the next day after heavy fighting. During the battle, the ZNG sustained eight fatalities and nine troops were injured before the ZNG retreated from Tordinci.[7]

In 2004, a mass grave was discovered in Tordinci,[8] and a total of 208 sets of human remains were recovered in the village by 2012. Since 2002, a 22-kilometre (14 mi) memorial procession is held annually through Tordinci, Antin, Ćelije and Korog—villages where mass graves of 266 Croatian soldiers and civilians were found after the war.[9]

In 2009, Croatian State Attorney's Office charged Colonel Boro Ivanović with war crimes committed against civilians in the village. The charges include killing of 22 civilians on 25 October 1991, after the a tank company of the Yugoslav People's Army 12th Proletarian Mechanised Brigade, supported by Serb paramilitaries, captured the village. The State Attorney's Office also said that 11 additional civilians were arrested, physically abused and taken to the Begejci camp in Serbia.[10]

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