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 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
The European Court of Human Rights rejected the claims of South Ossetia against Georgia. Bekoeva and others v. Georgia as well as Shavlokhova and others v. Georgia regarding August 2008 war were found inadmissable
The main crises and questions about the career of the ex-President Saakashvili answered
89-year-old Venera tells JAMnews what's it like to live in the village in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone - with barbed wire instead of a fence and Russian soldiers nearby
JAMnews collected August 2008 war survivor testimonies - from those who witnessed during their childhood and adolescence
A detailed chronological review of how the war between Georgia and Russia started over South Ossetia and its aftermath
Seven states urge Russia to withdraw troops from Abkhazia and S. Ossetia, including the USA, France, Great Britain, Norway, Ireland, Estonia, and Albania
JAMnews correspondent visits Velebi - hidden Georgian-Ossetian village where only twelve residents live
Radicalizing narratives of Georgia‘s conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have hurt broader peacebuilding prospects and obscured the issues faced by the communities in these territories.
With financial support from Coca-Cola Bottlers Georgia, children will spend two weeks in the Borjomi Gorge
Georgia mourns Papa Data – the story of a man whose home got swept up in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict
The unique story about grandfather Data, who lived behind barbed wire, because he did not want to leave his home in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, came to an end.
Court decision is analyzed by Georgian experts