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Damir Krstičević (born 1 July 1969) is a Croatian general and politician, currently serving as Minister of Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia.

Damir Krstičević
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15th Minister of Defence of Croatia
Assumed office
19 October 2016
Prime MinisterAndrej Plenković
Preceded byJosip Buljević
Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia
Assumed office
19 October 2016
Prime MinisterAndrej Plenković
Preceded byBožo Petrov
Personal details
Born (1969-07-01) 1 July 1969 (age 49)
Vrgorac, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Political partyCroatian Democratic Union
Military service
Allegiance Croatia
Branch/serviceCroatian Army
RankMajor general
Commands4th Guards Brigade
Battles/warsCroatian War of Independence

BiographyEdit

Krstičević was born on July 1, 1969 in Vrgorac, Split-Dalmatia County in SFR Yugoslavia. Since his childhood, he knew he wanted to be a soldier.[citation needed] He finished military high school in Sarajevo. Upon graduating from the Military Academy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia broke up. He joined the Croatian National Guard in the summer of 1991.[1] He was assigned to the 4th Guards Brigade where he eventually rose to the position of the brigade's commander.

After the war, in 1997, he was sent to continue his education at United States Army War College, and finished with excellent grades.[2]

In 2000 he was one of the signatories of the Twelve Generals' Letter, which resulted in Krstičević's retiring by then Croatian president Stjepan Mesić.[3] He then worked as a manager in computer software developing companies M SAN and King ICT.[4]

In 2007, he survived a helicopter crash in Vukovar, which damaged his spine.[5]

After HDZ won the Croatian parliamentary elections in 2016, and Andrej Plenković became the new Croatian Prime Minister, Krstičević was assigned to the position of Croatian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence.[6]

In January 2018 he was inducted into the U.S. Army War College Hall of Fame.[7]

In 2018 he drew criticism for praising Operation Medak Pocket saying it was 'something to be proud of' despite the fact that Serb civilians were unlawfully killed, in addition he faced heavy criticism for legitimizing the presence of convicted war criminal Mirko Norac at an anniversary 'commemorating' the attack.[8]

In 2019 he was reported for war crimes in Serbia for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.[9]


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Damir Krstičević: Zabranili su mi da budem vojnik, ono jedino što sam u životu želio biti" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ "Krstičević odgovorio na optužbe o plagiranju: Ponosan sam do boli, bio je to običan seminarski rad". Dnevnik.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  3. ^ "Damir Krstičević: Zabranili su mi da budem vojnik, ono jedino što sam u životu želio biti" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  4. ^ "Evo koliko je težak Damir Krstičević". tportal.hr. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  5. ^ "Krstičević: Za sekundu smo bili na tlu. Još osjećam posljedice" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  6. ^ "RADI SE O STRUČNOM TIMU Ovo su ministri u Vladi Andreja Plenkovića". Dnevnik.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  7. ^ Ćosić, Mirko. "Minister Krstičević inducted War College Hall of Fame - Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Croatia". www.morh.hr. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  8. ^ "Croatian War Criminal's Memorial Appearance Condemned". Balkan Insight. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. ^ "Croatian Defence Minister Reported for War Crimes in Serbia". www.total-croatia-news.com. Retrieved 2019-06-05.