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South Ossetia and Abkhazia celebrate anniversary of recognition

2009-08-26 11:26

Today South Ossetia and Abkhazia celebrate the anniversary of their independency recognition by Russia.


On August 26th 2008 Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, signed a decree on recornition of independency of both.

Only Nicaragua has followed the suit so far.

The cause was Georgia's aggressive policy in regard to South Ossetia - RIA Novosti.

At night of August 8th Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia, ordered to assault Tskhinval.

According to Mamuka Kurashvili, the commander of Georgian peacemaking troops, the Clear Field operation was aimed to "restore constitutional order in the entire region". South Ossetia has been out of Tbilisi control since the first Georgian-Ossetian war of 1992.

In response Russia started a peace enforcement operation and sent about 10 000 military servicemen and hundreds of military machinery units to protect South Ossetians, as many of then were Russian citizens. The operation was finished on August 12th, Georgian troops retreated.

Meanwhile Abkhazia, practically independent from Georgia since 1993, ousted georgian military from the upper part of Kodori gorge.

According to Investigation Committee at the Prosecutor's office of Russia: 162 Sputh Ossetians were killed, 255 civilians wounded, 5 143 recognized as aggrieved. Death toll of the Russian side: 64 soldiers, including 15 peacemakers, killed. Official data for Georgia's losses: about 300 civilians and about 200 military and policemen.

In response to the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with Moscow, declared the two regions "occupied territories" and left the CIS.

Moscow established diplomatic relations with Sokhumi and Tskhinval and signed agreements on friendship and cooperation with both, agreed on joint efforts in guarding borders.


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