War in August, 2008. The eyewitnesses are telling. Elvira Bagaeva

26/09/2011 - 14:10

Bagaeva Elvira Ushangovna, born in 1969, an inhabitant of Tskhinval
Three years have passed after the tragic August events, but time has not cured the war scars remained in our souls forever, despite the restoration works being carried out dynamically in our town. One cannot forget the terrifying ordeals our people have undergone. On August, 8, 2008, when the Georgians attacked the sleeping people of South Ossetia, I was at home with my children. Having heard the explosions, I thought that the bombardment would stop in some hours, that it was the next provocation of Georgia. But in some minutes I completely changed my opinion- I realized that the cruel war had begun. I went down into the cellar with my children. We were so frightened that we could not even speak.

War in August, 2008. The eyewitnesses are telling. Varya Khozieva

12/09/2011 - 19:10

Khozieva Varya Vasiljevna born in1966, an inhabitant of Tskhinval
I live at International Street in Tskhinval. That awful night, from seventh to eighth of August, I was at home. Because of tension reigned in the town I had earlier sent my children to North Ossetia. Early in the morning my husband went to his work. I was alone when the explosions were resounded at night.

War in August, 2008. The eyewitnesses are telling. Venera Gabaraeva

05/09/2011 - 10:48

Gabaraeva Venera Akhsarovna, born in 1973, an inhabitant of Tskhinva
We`ll never forget that damp horrible cellar where we spent those unforgettable days of August war in 2008 full of horror though we can confidently say that just that war turned out to be our salvation . Before that nightmare our husbands had served in voluntary military forces and had been at their posts on the border with Georgia. We had not practically seen them for twenty-four hours, but that evening my husband returned at 12 in night, having calmed us that we should not expect the war.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later. The eyewitnesses are telling. Diana Kochieva

23/08/2011 - 10:17

Kochieva Diana Akhsarovna, 1978 year of birth, an inhabitant of Tskhinval

My awful dream.

In 1998 I had a dream. I was going on a visit to my grandmother and grandfather at Heroes Street, and, having reached their house, a terrible scene appeared before my eyes - the house was destroyed and burnt. My mother's younger brother Jura was sitting at the dilapidated wall with a brick in his hand, trying to make something. I asked him, crying, what had happened, where my grandmother, grandfather and my uncle were? Jura silently showed me the ashes.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later. The Eyewitnesses are telling. Ashraf El Sabbah

09/08/2011 - 17:18

The third anniversary of the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia. The American genie is let out in the Caucasus

Ashraf El Sabbah, the Egyptian publicist, the correspondent of TV channel Russia Today (the Arabian edition)

The western mass-media have tried to represent the war between Georgia and South Ossetia –unrecognized at that moment, -as the war between Russia and Georgia. However, real events from the moment of the arrival of these lines` author on the border of Georgia and South Ossetia in the morning of August, 8 till the moment of his expelling with his colleagues from Georgia to Armenia through the mountains on the night of August, 10 testify that Georgia has begun the war developed by 200 American experts, being then in the Georgian capital. In the morning of August, 8, 2008 more than 50 tanks and 20 APC made their way to the Georgian-South-Ossetian border.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later. Aleda Bestaeva

09/08/2011 - 12:03

In Russia we were waited by our family and friends, and behind us was the hostile Georgia

Each inhabitant of South Ossetia has his own history of the Five-day war in August, 2008. Our readers are well enough familiar with sequence of the basic events and the main persons involved in the events of the August war, which third anniversary will be marked the next week.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later.

07/08/2011 - 18:20


On the 1st of August the Georgians, as usual, shelled the city. That evening seven people were
killed and four wounded in the blasts. These were the first steps to war, the rst challenge thrown out
against the Ossetians, or, more properly, this was a stage of the challenge that has lasted since I was
born, from 1992.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later.

07/08/2011 - 18:13

The night from 7–8 August 2008 after Saakashvili has declared cease-re and the people calmed down a little, many went to bed. No one could expect that Saakashvili has deceitfully lied to them (although it was not the rst time).
At 11.50 THE ATROCITIES OF WAR PERFORMED BY THE GEORGIAN TROOPS BEGAN. We descended into the cellar, to shelter from the shooting attack. There was no electricity there, no water, and no food. Though, we didn’t think much of hunger – if only we could escape death, we thought. We had no idea of what happened in the city, with our dear – it was impossible even to peep out.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later. The eyewitnesses are telling. Irina Maldzigova

06/08/2011 - 18:18

Maldzigova Irina Vazhaevna, 1984 year of birth, an inhabitant of Tskhinval:

That summer was very hot and dry. My son, Alimchik, was not two months yet. He was born on June, 19, he was very capricious child. Probably he felt the tight situation which reigned not only in each house, but also all over the town, as if hovering in the air. I was nervous, because my husband all time disappeared at his work, as well as all the other men, defending our Republic.

The War in August, 2008. Three years later. The eyewitnesses are telling. Eteri Gabueva

05/08/2011 - 12:40

Gabueva Eteri Ilyinichna, 1934 year of birth, an inhabitant of Tskhinval.

In August, 2008, because of constant bombardment of Tskhinval from Georgia, we had to send our children to Vladikavkaz. I, myself, remained in the town with my daughter and my husband. On the night of August, 8 strong explosions resounded through the town. It was clear that the war had begun. We did not know when the end would come. The blast wave provoked certain rumble in my ears; the debris broke the glasses of the windows. We suffered the horror much worse than during the first war (1992). That night the Georgian planes were bombing the town, they hit our houses whistling. I, an elderly woman, thought that I had suffered all the hard time in my life; however it was only the beginning.