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South Ossetia, August 2008

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In August it will be two years since Georgia attacked South Ossetia.

In August it will be two years since Georgia attacked South Ossetia. Tensions in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone markedly deteriorated during the evening of August 1. Georgian troops subjected Tskhinvali and a number of other inhabited areas to massive shelling, causing the first losses and considerable destruction.

© RIA Novosti . Mikhail Fomichev / Go to the mediabankIn August it will be two years since Georgia attacked South Ossetia. Tensions in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone markedly deteriorated during the evening of August 1. Georgian troops subjected Tskhinvali and a number of other inhabited areas to massive shelling, causing the first losses and considerable destruction. Photo: August 13, 2008. Tskhinvali after an attack of Georgian troops.
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In August it will be two years since Georgia attacked South Ossetia. Tensions in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict zone markedly deteriorated during the evening of August 1. Georgian troops subjected Tskhinvali and a number of other inhabited areas to massive shelling, causing the first losses and considerable destruction. Photo: August 13, 2008. Tskhinvali after an attack of Georgian troops.
© RIA Novosti . Maxim Avdeev / Go to the mediabankAccording to the Defense Ministry, 18 Russian servicemen, including one officer and 17 sergeants and soldiers lost their lives during the conflict. Photo: members of The Young Guards, the Eurasian Union of Young People, the Young Russia and the Communist Party picketing the Georgian Embassy in Moscow to draw public attention to Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia.
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According to the Defense Ministry, 18 Russian servicemen, including one officer and 17 sergeants and soldiers lost their lives during the conflict. Photo: members of The Young Guards, the Eurasian Union of Young People, the Young Russia and the Communist Party picketing the Georgian Embassy in Moscow to draw public attention to Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia.
© RIA Novosti . David Khizanishvili / Go to the mediabankThe Russian Foreign Ministry declared that the threat of a wide scale military conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia was becoming increasingly real. On August 3 Georgia continued deploying troops to its border with South Ossetia. Photo: Georgian troops in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry declared that the threat of a wide scale military conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia was becoming increasingly real. On August 3 Georgia continued deploying troops to its border with South Ossetia. Photo: Georgian troops in the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict zone.
© RIA Novosti . Maxim Avdeev / Go to the mediabankGeorgia launched its offensive against South Ossetia at 10.35 p.m. on August 7. Military clashes, grenade launcher fire and mortar shelling started at 11.15 p.m. Volleys of mortar fire began at 11.45 p.m. In the morning Georgian aviation bombed South Ossetia, attacking a humanitarian relief column from North Ossetia. Photo: August 11, 2008. The aftermath of the attack on Tskhinvali.
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Georgia launched its offensive against South Ossetia at 10.35 p.m. on August 7. Military clashes, grenade launcher fire and mortar shelling started at 11.15 p.m. Volleys of mortar fire began at 11.45 p.m. In the morning Georgian aviation bombed South Ossetia, attacking a humanitarian relief column from North Ossetia. Photo: August 11, 2008. The aftermath of the attack on Tskhinvali.
© RIA Novosti . Said Gutsiev / Go to the mediabankTo avert a direct threat to the lives of Russian citizens in South Ossetia and in line with its right to self-defense, in the second half of August 8 Russia sent additional forces to support Russian peacekeepers and protect civilians. Photo: August 10, 2008. Russian military hardware moving into the conflict zone.
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To avert a direct threat to the lives of Russian citizens in South Ossetia and in line with its right to self-defense, in the second half of August 8 Russia sent additional forces to support Russian peacekeepers and protect civilians. Photo: August 10, 2008. Russian military hardware moving into the conflict zone.
© RIA Novosti . Viktor Panov / Go to the mediabankOn August 9, additional troops from the 58th army and airborne units were deployed to the conflict zone. Photo: August 11, 2008. Military hardware in Tskhinvali under attack from the Georgian troops.
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On August 9, additional troops from the 58th army and airborne units were deployed to the conflict zone. Photo: August 11, 2008. Military hardware in Tskhinvali under attack from the Georgian troops.
© RIA Novosti . Alexei Druzhinin / Go to the mediabankOn August 9, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and leader of North Ossetia Taimuraz Mamsurov discussed how to assist South Ossetia given what was transpiring in the republic.
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On August 9, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and leader of North Ossetia Taimuraz Mamsurov discussed how to assist South Ossetia given what was transpiring in the republic.
© RIA Novosti . Said Gutsiev / Go to the mediabankOn August 10, the Georgian Foreign Ministry submitted a note to the Russian Embassy saying that the Georgian president had ordered his troops to halt their military actions and fire from 5 a.m. on August 10. During a meeting with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on August 11, President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia had largely completed its operation on coercing Georgia to peace in South Ossetia. Photo: Russian military hardware moving into the conflict zone.
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On August 10, the Georgian Foreign Ministry submitted a note to the Russian Embassy saying that the Georgian president had ordered his troops to halt their military actions and fire from 5 a.m. on August 10. During a meeting with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on August 11, President Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia had largely completed its operation on coercing Georgia to peace in South Ossetia. Photo: Russian military hardware moving into the conflict zone.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Akoeoff / Go to the mediabankFrance proposed a plan for settling the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict. Its main provisions included a ceasefire, medical aid for the wounded and the withdrawal of the Georgian and Russian troops from the conflict zone. Photo: August 9, 2008. An induction center where volunteers can sign up for the people’s volunteer corps. People voluntarily choose to head to South Ossetia, which had come under attack by Georgian troops.
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France proposed a plan for settling the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict. Its main provisions included a ceasefire, medical aid for the wounded and the withdrawal of the Georgian and Russian troops from the conflict zone. Photo: August 9, 2008. An induction center where volunteers can sign up for the people’s volunteer corps. People voluntarily choose to head to South Ossetia, which had come under attack by Georgian troops.
© RIA Novosti . Vladimir Popov / Go to the mediabankOn August 14 the leaders of the unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia signed up to the principles of the settlement. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili signed the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan on August 15. Medvedev signed this plan on August 16. Russia recognized the independence of both republics on August 26. Photo: Sukhumi residents celebrating Russia’s decision to recognize Abkhazian independence.
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On August 14 the leaders of the unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia signed up to the principles of the settlement. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili signed the Medvedev-Sarkozy plan on August 15. Medvedev signed this plan on August 16. Russia recognized the independence of both republics on August 26. Photo: Sukhumi residents celebrating Russia’s decision to recognize Abkhazian independence.
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