Here were killed thirty three Ossetians. They spent here the last minutes of this world. Twenty-one years ago, on the Zar road, the road of life, there was a tragedy that has shocked everyone. May 20, 1992 the Georgian armed gangs shot the defenseless women, children and the old people, who had been leaving the besieged Tskhinval. In the nineties the confrontation between Georgia and South Ossetia reached its climax. The war forced those who could not protect their home, children or themselves to leave their homes. People were leaving their sons and husbands, brothers and fathers, who were defending their homeland.
Vadim Pukhaev: the first dead and wounded fell down on the floor of the truck, and I realized that we were being fired
Genocide May 20, 1992
Vadim Pukhaev, born in 1971
May 20, 1992 I, with my brother and my friend, were standing on a railway crossing in Tskhinval, waiting for a bus. We wanted to reach the village of Java along the bypass Zar road. At about 9:00 am a truck drove up to the bus stop, covered with tent: the driver said he would take us to Java. About 25-30 people, including us, sat in the truck body and near the village of Zar the car fan belt broke off. We were forced to stop. A lot of cars were passing in the direction of Java. After some time, the driver started the engine and we moved on. In the truck were also sitting women, children and the old people.
As a result of the five-day war between Georgia and South Ossetia, which began on the night of August 8, 2008, were killed hundreds of civilians, thousands of people were injured. An active part in repelling the Georgian aggression in August 2008, took a special police unit (OMON). During the fighting near the village of Tbet were killed several members of the riot police. One of them was very young, 19 year-old Soslan Maldzigov from the motorized company.
The wedding dress, designed to become a symbol of a happy family life became the embodiment of the end to dreams, hope, love...
War of August 2008 claimed hundreds of innocent lives, cutting them off at the very beginning. Hundreds crashed fates, orphaned, destitute, widows who have lost the meaning of life because of the political views of the Georgian authorities. These are the results of the five-day war in August 2008.
The Zar tragedy of May 20, 1992. Witnesses' memories.
Alla Dzhioeva, senior lecturer of the journalism department of the South-Ossetian State University:
No any sensible person will forget the day of the Zar tragedy not only in South Ossetia, but in the whole world, for the shooting of the Ossetian ordinary citizens, including the children, by the Georgian neo-fascists cannot leave anyone indifferent. At that time I was a student of the Faculty of Journalism of the North-Ossetian State University.
The Zartragedy ofMay 20, 1992. Witnesses' memories.
MelitonKazity, Chairman of the Writers' Union ofSouth Ossetia:
I learned about theZartragedy from the townspeople. Everybody wasin panic.That daymany people were drivingon that road and everyone was trying tolearnanythingabout his relatives, friendsand acquaintances.Some time later thetruck approachedthe hospitalwith thedead.
The Zar tragedy of May 20, 1992. Witnesses' memories.
Zoya Bitarti, Candidate of Philology, an associate professor:
The Zar tragedy – is the day, which should be remembered by everybody. It was a mass extermination of the Ossetian people. There were children, old people, and women among the victims.
The Zar tragedy of May 20, 1992. The witnesses' memories.
Zamira Dzhioeva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of South Ossetia:
The Zar tragedy of 1992 cannot be explained. Defenseless children, women and the old people were killedthat day. Could a normal person do so? And one has got upon the idea that they were monsters, because they had not spared even babies.
Fatima Kisieva, born in 1981, an inhabitant of Tskhinval:
We live in the nine-storey building in Roza Kochisova Street, on the western suburb of Tskhinval. The building is located directly under the Oak grove, - that is the height from where the Georgian tanks where shooting the town. In the evening of August, 7 the heavy bombardment started, and we were compelled to run downwards as it was very dangerous to stay in our flat on the ninth floor. By that time all our neighbours had already gathered on the ground floor, we were frightened so much, but at the same time we hoped that the fire would stop soon. To our horror the bombardment was becoming stronger, and we had to go down into the cellar. In this damp, cold cellar we spent two days I can`t think about till now without shuddering. Kiddies, among whom there were also babies, were crying uninterruptedly.
Rita Kozaeva, born in 1972, an inhabitant of Tskhinval
I`ll never forget the war in August, 2008. In the night of August, 8, when the massed bombardment of all Republic launched, I was at home with my mother and children. Having heard the first explosion, we rushed for the children, and at full speed ran into the cellar. The electricity was disconnected, it was very terrible. I was calming my children, as I could. None of us could ever think that such things could occur in the 21st century. In the evening before, we had heard the speech of the Georgian president on TV; he said that from that day forward there would be peace between the Georgian and the Ossetian people. Nevertheless, he once again proved that his words cost nothing; the Georgian military men attacked the sleeping Tskhinval at night. The missiles were falling one after another, all the sky was in flame, at each explosion we shuddered and did not know what would happen in a minute. All of us hoped that by the morning the bombardment would stop, but the things became worse. In the morning the Georgian monsters entered the town, crushing everything on their way, sparing nobody.