This day in history: August 12, 2008 - the day of the end of the war in South Ossetia

Здание разрушенного в дни августа 2008 года унивеситета

August 2008 was extremely full of military and political events. It became a turning point in the further state system of Transcaucasia. The practice of international relations has allowed the two newly recognized states to appear on the world map - South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The leadership of Russia in making its decision to recognize their independence was guided by the will of the peoples, as well as the generally accepted norms of international and humanitarian law.

On August 7, in violation of the Sochi Agreement of June 24, 1992, the 1996 Moscow Memorandum and the full range of agreements signed under the JCC, Georgia launched a full-scale military aggression against the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation.

It is no secret that the aggression against the Republic of Abkhazia was also planned. President of Georgia was preparing his aggression openly. Everyone in the world knew that Tbilisi was preparing for war. President Saakashvili and many other senior officials of the Georgian leadership had repeatedly spoken about the imminent return of the lost territories. The military budget of Georgia from 2003 to 2007 increased by 30 times. The Georgian military was trained by NATO instructors, the army received Western weapons. But the international community tried not to notice these actions.

The aggression of Georgia, was committed by using of infantry, artillery (including the active use of multiple launch rocket systems "Grad") and aviation. It entailed a new round of bloodshed and genocide of the Ossetian people, the barbaric destruction of the peaceful Ossetian population, Russian peacekeepers, state, public and private residential buildings and household structures, including those of historical and architectural value, and significant material values.

On August 8-12, in response to the military aggression of Georgia, the Russian Federation was forced to conduct a military operation to force Georgia to peace.

On August 12, the territory of the Republic of South Ossetia was completely liberated from the Georgian invaders.

On the same day, the Medvedev-Sarkozy Plan was adopted in Moscow, signed on August 14 by Presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the Kremlin, August 15 by the President of Georgia, and August 16 by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

People of South Ossetia believed that this day would be followed by a major event that would lead to August 26 - recognition of our Republic by the Russian Federation, the Victory Day in the Patriotic War of 1989-2008.

Each day of the five-day war of August 2008 is important, and should be described in detail in the recent history of Ossetia. The period from 1989 to 2008, every Ossetian will always remember as the years of the Georgian war against South Ossetia. People are alive by memory, and, we must remember everything and convey to each subsequent generation, so that memory does not disappear, as it practically disappeared about the genocide of 1920.

We remember the steadfastness of the soldiers and officers of the Armed forces and other power structures of South Ossetia, militia fighters, Russian peacekeepers and the regular army soldiers who came to their aid, who defended the hero city of Tskhinval and liberated the entire territory of South Ossetia from the Georgian fascists.

Eternal gratitude to the leaders of Russia and every Russian who was helping us!

Authorship: Analytical department of IA "Res"

Аналитический отдел ИА "Рес"
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