Remembering May 2: This is how Sarajevo was defended


Members of the Territorial Defense of BiH, together with the Special Unit of MIA BiH, defended the Presidency of BiH on May 2, 1992, from a much more powerful aggressor, members of the army of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The intention of the JNA to take over all important buildings and institutions in the city was interrupted, and Sarajevo started its heroic battle with this victory. The crucial battles took place between 10 AM and 3 PM that day, and the Post Office was put on fire.

One of the crucial facts is that the SFRY did not officially exist on May 2. The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was declared only a few days earlier, on April 27, and BiH was internationally recognized as a state for almost a month.

Therefore, strong JNA forces, an army without a state, were stationed in Sarajevo. Earlier, the JNA openly put itself on the side of SDS and Serbian paramilitary formations.

On that day, the aggressor attacked the city and its residents from the surrounding hills, and it held it without water, electricity and food for the next 1.425 days. Sarajevo was cut off from the rest of the world, and telecommunications in the greater part of the city were no longer working. It was a war against innocent citizens of the capital city of an independent state of BiH.

After the units of JNA failed to take control over Sarajevo, they decided to achieve the military coup with other means. After the return of Alija Izetbegovic and BH delegation from the negotiations in Lisbon, the JNA units captured them in Lukavica.

According to Milutin Kukanjac, six people were killed in Dobrovoljacka Street, (now Hamdije Kresevljakovica Street), on May 3: a soldier Zdravko Tomovic from Han Pijesak, three Colonels Miro Sokic, Dr. Budimir Radulovic and Bosko Mihajlovic, and Lieutenant Colonel Bosko Jovanic, as well as a civilian, Nurmela Suko from Zagreb.

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