Georgia commemorates the victims of the Russian aggression, which led to the armed conflict in August 2008. National flags were flown at half-mast; common citizens lay flowers to memorial sites, paying tribute to those who gave their lives in the conflict.
Exactly nine years ago, military action in South Ossetia took place, as pro-Russian separatists clashed with Georgian army. Russia interfered and invaded Georgia, calling this step ‘peace enforcement’. Russian military aviation bombarded Georgian cities – both civilian and military infrastructure; Russian tanks approached Gori and almost reached capital city Tbilisi.
The stand-off claimed lives of 408 people – civilians and military servicemen. Another 30,000 became refugees. Georgia lost the occupied regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Russia, in turn, recognized as ‘independent states’.