Back into history: January 6, 1991 - the beginning of Georgia's open aggression against South Ossetia

Sat, 07/01/2023 - 02:33

In South Ossetia, January 6, 1991 entered the modern history of the Republic as "Bloody Christmas". This day was the beginning of Georgia's open military aggression against the South Ossetian people. On the night of January 6, the internal troops of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs, supposed to maintain stability, removed their posts and went to the barracks without notifying the leadership of the Republic.

At 4 o'clock in the morning, a 3,000-strong detachment of the Georgian police entered the city, among which were Georgian militants dressed in police uniforms, criminals and drug addicts who had been amnestied the day before. They had a lot of equipment and dogs with them. The Georgian "militia" occupied the central part of the city, blocked all roads and intersections. Torture, arrests, violence, murders, arson began.

On the afternoon of January 6, Georgian “militiamen” opened fire on unarmed people. One person was killed, several were injured.

Their first victim was Kochiev Grisha Fedorovich, 32 years old, a resident of Tskhinval, who covered children with his body during the shelling.

From November 1989 to July 1992, as a result of Georgia's aggression against South Ossetia, over 3 thousand Ossetian civilians were killed, about 300 people went missing, over 40 thousand people were forced to leave their homes and resettle in Russia, over 100 Ossetian villages were burned.

Georgia once again carried out armed aggression against the people of South Ossetia on the night of August 7, 2008, when the aggressor country attempted to seize the Republic by force. Massed fire was opened on Tskhinval and other settlements of the Republic of South Ossetia from large-caliber artillery and Grad multiple rocket launchers. The war lasted five days, after which the operation began to force the aggressor to peace.

More than a century ago, in 1918-1920, by the decision of the government of the Menshevik-fascist Georgia, a military operation was carried out on the territory of South Ossetia, aimed at the destruction of the indigenous Ossetian population.

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