On August 8, 2008, the five-day Russian-Georgian war for South Ossetia began. It was preceded by clashes in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in the early 1990s. The parties accused each other of violating the ceasefire of 1992. According to the results of an international investigation initiated by the European Union, on August 8, Georgian military forces subjected the city of Tskhinval to massive shelling. On the same day, Russia which had previously supported the self-proclaimed republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia entered the conflict. In Moscow, the entry into the war was referred to as a “peace enforcement operation”. According to some testimonies, Russian troops entered South Ossetia on August 7, that is, before the shelling of Tskhinvali. The fighting lasted five days and ended on August 12 with the defeat of the Georgian army. Two weeks later, Russia officially recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. The first war in the 21st century in Europe killed 850 people on both sides, thousands were injured and wounded, tens of thousands of ethnic Georgians were expelled from South Ossetia, Georgian villages were destroyed.
August war 2008
The statement reaffirms the support for the territorial integrity of Georgia.
"Occupation is a heavy legacy. But we must restore the territorial integrity of the country on our own through rational and successive steps." - Garibashvili
Anniversary of the August war - Three South Ossetian Presidents share their assessments of those tragic events
What Abkhazia thinks about the 2008 war
Two dates of the start of the "August War": How Georgian authorities commemorated the 15th anniversary of the Russian intervention
President Salome Zurabishvili marked the date of August 7, while Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili observed August 8
The international community comments on the 15th anniversary of the "August War" between Russia and Georgia
Georgia's international partners have expressed their support for its territorial integrity and sovereignty.
ECHR obliges Russia to pay Georgia about 130,000,000 euros over human rights abuse in the August 2008 war
The topic of South Ossetia joining Russia has fallen off the radar, but what do people think about it now?
Since Russia is busy with the war in Ukraine, Georgians in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict live in relative calm. Stories and Photos.
"An obedient instrument in the hands of the West": How South Ossetia reacted to the decision of the Hague court
In the opinion of South Ossetia the decision of the ICC is illegitimate, since the court has no jurisdiction on the territory of either Russia or South Ossetia. From the point of view of international law, South Ossetia is part of the territory of Georgia, and therefore under ICC jurisdiction.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has completed its investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the Russo-Georgian August war which took place on July 1 to October 10, 2008.
"The heart of our country has been occupied by Russia for fourteen years" - Prime Minister of Georgia on the August war
Garibashvili's statement criticized for several reasons
“The rights of the populace caught up in the conflict continue to be violated”
August five-day war: what happened. JAMnews has published a detailed, chronological review of how the war started and unfolded over those five days
A forced migrant from Abkhazia who founded a youth movement in Georgia, believes that there is still a stigma attached to IDPs in Georgian society
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) has issued arrest warrants for three people in the August 2008 war case - all three are former or current authorities of the occupied South Ossetia
Georgia's position on the conflict in Ukraine remains restrained and passive, and the support that Georgia receives from the West is not merited by the authorities, Dmitri Avaliani believes
Scandal over history textbooks in Georgia continues - here's everything you need to know about the controversial presentation of the modern history of Georgia in the 9th grade textbooks