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
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
How has ‘borderization’ changed the lives of families living in the Georgian villages of the conflict zone? Amnesty International researchers looked for answers to this question
Russian president pardons two women. Read up on the cases of all involved