Eleven years ago, the war came to the land of South Ossetia. On the night of August 7-8, 2008, the capital of the republic, the city of Tskhinval, was subjected to massive shelling. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili began the special operation "Clean Field", the purpose of which was the destruction of South Ossetia.
At midnight, amid artillery cannonade, columns of Georgian tanks and assault detachments moved towards Tskhinval, and the so-called "restoration of constitutional order in the zone of the South Ossetian conflict" began. As a result of many hours of shelling, the base of Russian peacekeepers was destroyed, Government buildings and part of the residential quarters of Tskhinval were burned. Georgian invaders showed inhuman cruelty, killing old people, women and children. On the morning of August 8, Georgian aviation launched its first bombing raids on the territory of South Ossetia.
Great Russia came to the aid of a bleeding republic. On August 8, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced the start of an operation to force Georgia into peace in the conflict zone. About 10 thousand Russian troops and hundreds of military equipment were introduced into the region to protect Russian citizens living in the republic and to help Russian peacekeepers. The ships of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation approached the shores of Abkhazia. On August 9, the armed forces of Abkhazia entered into conflict, which launched an operation to oust Georgian troops from the Kodori Gorge. The fighting continued until August 12. The Russian operation of Russia to force Georgia to peace ended in the defeat of Georgian troops.
Later, the heads of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia signed a plan for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, developed by Dmitry Medvedev and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The five-day war had great geopolitical, economic, and other consequences. In particular, on August 26, 2008, Russia officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.
These August days, the people of Pridnestrovie share the pain and bitterness of the loss of the fraternal South Ossetian people. Hundreds of civilians, militias, soldiers and peacekeepers became victims of treacherous Georgian aggression. According to the authorities of South Ossetia, more than 1.5 thousand people died as a result of the conflict. The Investigative Committee at the Russian Prosecutor’s Office recognized 67 Russian servicemen as killed in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
Today at the Memorial of the Military Glory of the capital, a memorial service was held in memory of those whose lives were killed 11 years ago during the war.
The ceremony of laying flowers was attended by representatives of ministries and departments of the republic, the head of the Official Representation of the Republic of South Ossetia in the PMR Vitaly Yankovsky, adviser to the Chairman of the Supreme Council Sergei Shirokov, Chairman of the Public Chamber Vitaly Glebov, residents of the capital.
The memory of the terrible tragedy and the mournful loss of the people of South Ossetia will always live in the hearts of Pridnestrovians who defended their republic in 1992.