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The article seems to be written just from the Croation POV. e.g. there are claims by reporters and witnesses from inside Dubrovnik that the shelling wasn't intense and the historic part of the City wasn't destroyed to the extend as the Croats claimed. And it is claimed that the Croation troops fired from hospitals and hotels to draw Serbian counter fire which could than be used for their Media campaign. --Wikieditoroftoday (talk) 23:20, 5 December 2008 (UTC)

As I explained in the edit description, the article could certainly use more sources and a neutrality check. However, adding a Serbian-produced video is certainly not a positive way to go. Speaking of "claims by some or other" is not really a reputable source. All sources named in the article so far are either from an impartial source (ICTY or foreign news agencies) or are positively discriminating (i.e. Serbian/Montenegrian source that talks about their attacks negatively). Only 3 of the 15 sources are Croatian (and another 3 are Serb/MN), so it can hardly be considered a one-sided article... Again, sources and constructive edits are welcome. The Spanish Inquisitor (talk) 14:12, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
What a comment by Wikieditoroftoday! Any normal person would say that even one bullet in a civilian area would be one bullet too many. There was no military value to be gained by the Serbs and Montenegrins in destroying a civilian UNESCO heritage-listed area - it was just gratuitous and wanton. So any comments about the intensity of the shelling miss the point. The point being: Any shelling was wrong and criminal in the first place. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:47, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

Can you please write something more about the battle of the village Ravno ... What happened there i would like to know this if I`m an outstanding reader of this article and also I personally would like to know what happened there —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:11, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

Another hopelessly lop-sided view of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia. To give a simple example in the first line of the article, the author(s) claim that Serbs euphemistically label this phase of the war the 'blockage of Dubrovnik'. In fact, this is a label that can also be attributed to many Croatian media (

Just take a look at the Serbian version of this article. It is just called "The blockade of Dubrovnik", while every other version calls it by its name, aka "Siege (or battle) of Dubrovnik". There was a bloackade of the city...but it certainly didn't stop just at that.--Justice and Arbitration (talk) 07:27, 7 April 2011 (UTC)

2 IssuesEdit

1. From What i've heard the forces attacking Dubronovik were mostly Montenegrin rather then Serb, and the JNA contained many Croat and Muslim fighters

2. A Ceasefire was called, that doesnt make it a Croatian Victory. —Preceding unsigned comment added by King Of The Moas (talkcontribs) 07:47, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

True, the Montenegrin remnant of the Yugoslav People's Army was mostly involved in the Dubrovnik area, but it was subordinated to Belgrade. Momir Bulatovic was Milosevic's stooge for most of his term, until he later on actually showed some backbone and expressed his opposition of continuing the siege of Dubrovnik in 1992. Likewise, 70 percent of all JNA officers and non-commissioned officers were either Serbs or Montenegrins[1]. After Croatia and Slovenia declared independence, Bosniaks, Croats, Slovenes and even Macedonians massively left the army.
As for the issue of victory, let's examine what happened.
  1. Dubrovnik was never conquered
  2. Dubrovnik remained a part of Croatia
  3. Plans to create some new Serbian "Dubrovnik Republic" failed
  4. Croatian Army advanced steadily from the west and forced the Yugoslav Army to pull out of the area
  5. Further joint operations pushed the army deep behind Trebinje, which caused difficulties to attack Dubrovnik in the future
If that can not be considered victory, what can?--Justice and Arbitration (talk) 13:15, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

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GA ReviewEdit

This review is transcluded from Talk:Siege of Dubrovnik/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Grandiose (talk · contribs) 16:10, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

I'll be taking this review. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 16:10, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Images: fine. Lead image is non-free; rationale is thorough and I accept it. The effective resolution is smaller than the current resolution because of the way the image has come to be on WP. I have added the Freedom of panorama template to a couple of images just to be clear. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 21:05, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Prose: I have made a series of small changes to the prose. The only change that needs checking is the change of "east" to "west" of Montenegro, since I could not see any way the proposed state in Dubrovnik could be east of Montenegro - the boundary river runs through Croatia. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:23, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Sourcing: every controversial statement is reference to some source. I've considered whether the range of sources is appropriate, particularly in the controversial areas. The claims made are not needlessly inflammatory, which reduces the need for even better sourcing, but regardless the mix of Western news reports, ICTY documents, and local/national news reports I think is satisfactory, all things considered. Going further (ACR or FA) I think it would be worth investing some time going even further to reduce the number of Serbian and Croatian references in controversial areas, even though, as I say, most claims are factual. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:28, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Neutrality: fine, as per above. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:28, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Lead - a couple of small tweaks made, otherwise a useful and proper summary of the article. Layout - almost textbook; all sections of suitable length and on the whole meaningful. I've changed the semicolon usage to lvl four headings (even though they now follow a lvl 2) because I understand that usage is deprecated. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:41, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Stable - nothing in the history leads me to believe that the article is unstable.Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:52, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

'Coverage - very good, both broad and focussed. Thorough.Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:52, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Copyright/plagiarism - I've checked a couple of sentences against both the web in general looking for similar passages and the English-language source in each case. I have been unable to verify that any given passage has not been taken from a foreign-language source directly, but since I have verify a couple I shall AGF on the remainder; I have no reason to believe otherwise. (Copyright and plagiarism is often endemic to an article.) Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:52, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Overall - Tomobe has fixed some harvnb problems I flagged at his talk page after I opened this review, and, as a result, I have no outstanding concerns. For the reasons given above, I am passing the article. Grandiose (me, talk, contribs) 13:52, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

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