‘Left untouched’: Croatia’s Cold War base offers window into past

Željava (Croatia) (AFP) – Once a behemoth armed with a fleet of Soviet fighter jets, the Zeljava airbase carved into a mountain between Bosnia and Croatia and designed to withstand a nuclear strike has been sitting idle for decades. The airbase was constructed in secrecy in the 1960s in what was then Yugoslavia, before being destroyed during the wars that followed the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.


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