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Abkhazia recalls the war of 19922012-08-14 16:36
August 14, 1992, Georgia sent its armed forces to the Abkhaz autonomy to establish the control over the highways, which were subjected to regular bandit attacks. Supreme Council of Abkhazia considered such actions by Georgia's State Council as a "prepared occupation of a sovereign territory of Abkhazia".
20 years ago, the war between Abkhazia and Georgia began. In the war, ensuing after the offensive, Abkhazia was supported by the volunteers from the North Caucasus.
More than six thousand participants of the hostilities and about 10 thousand civilians were killed in this conflict on both sides. The economic damage to Abkhazia caused by the war approximately amounted 11 billion dollars.
The fighting lasted for 413 days and ended with the retreat of Georgian troops. More than 200 thousand of Georgians and other nationalities fled from Abkhazia.
After the war, Abkhazia declared its independence. Georgia effectively lost control over Abkhazia and the latter established as a de facto independent territory. The relations between Russia and Abkhazia improved in the late 1990s and the economic blockade of Abkhazia was lifted. The laws were also passed allowing other countries to become part of Russian Federation, which was interpreted by some as an offer to Abkhazia and other unrecognized countries of the former Soviet Union.
In Abkhazia, the Georgian-Abkhazian armed confrontation of 1992-1993 is considered Patriotic War. August 14 of each year the country celebrates the Day of memory of the defenders. On this day in cities and districts people lay flowers to monuments and graves of the fallen in the armed conflict.
Today, the presentation of the first part of the film "Hara haruaa reihaby" ("Our commander in chief") must take place at the Quay Muhajirs near the Colonnade at 9 p.m. Moscow time. "In the movie there were used tracks, born during the war. The second part will be shot by September 30, 2013, the 20th anniversary of victory in Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia", said the director of the film, military journalist Emma Khodzhaa.
The day ended with torchlight procession from the Quay Muhajirs to the Memorial of Glory in the center of Sukhum, where the remains of soldiers killed in the war of 1992-1993 are buried, the Caucasian Knot reports.
Not only Abkhazia honours the memory of the victims and heroes of that war. Citizens of Georgia are gathering at the Heroes' Square in Tbilisi, at the memorial to those died in the struggle for territorial integrity of Georgia, the Abkhazeti reports.
Members of the Supreme Council of Abkhazia have layed memorial wreaths at the memorial. The chairman of the Supreme Council Gia Gvazava stated today they paid tribute to those heroes who fell in the unequal struggle with the great empire.