Battle of Podujevo

Battle of Podujevo
Part of the Kosovo War
Date23–27 December 1998
Podujevo, Kosovo, Yugoslavia
Result Yugoslav victory[2]
 Yugoslavia[1] Emblema e UÇK-së.svg Kosovo Liberation Army
Commanders and leaders
Serbia and Montenegro Sreten Lukić Unknown
Units involved
Специјална Антитерористичка Јединица.png Special Anti-Terrorist Unit Unknown
Serbia and Montenegro 250 policemen
Serbia and Montenegro 13 armored vehicles[3]
Emblema e UÇK-së.svg 25 militants[3]
Casualties and losses
1 killed
6 wounded[4]
10 killed[5]

The Battle of Podujevo (Albanian: Beteja e Tabeve te Llapashticës) (Serbian: Битка код Подујева, Bitka kod Podujeva) was fought in the Kosovo War between the Yugoslav Special Anti-Terrorist Unit and KLA insurgents in the village of Llapashtica e Epërme in the municipality of Podujevo. These events started after the death of a policeman who was killed by KLA militants in the area.[6]


The battle occurred between 23–27 December 1998.[6] According to international monitors who contributed to Operation Eagle Eye, this battle shattered a ceasefire called on by foreign forces.[6] At the conclusion of the fighting, the Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission monitored a convoy of Yugoslav Army vehicles.[3]


  1. ^ "Army Backers Of Milosevic On Kosovo Are Promoted". The New York Times. 27 December 1998. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission Daily Report; 28 Dec". reliefweb. 28 December 1998. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Serbia: Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission Daily Report ; 22 Dec. | ReliefWeb". 22 December 1998. Retrieved 30 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Kosovo Reported Quiet After 4 Days of Clashes". The New York Times. 29 December 1998. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. ^ "22 vjet nga beteja e Tabeve të Llapashticës, betejë në të cilën ranë heroikisht 10 dëshmorë të Llapit". Llapi Info. 24 December 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  6. ^ a b c "Europe | Serb policeman killed in Kosovo". BBC News. 21 December 1998. Retrieved 30 January 2012.