Six years since the beginning of August War
Six years have passed since the beginning of the Georgia-Russia war. The politicians have been paying tribute to the heroes, who were killed in action during the five-day war.
The representatives of the executive government, Georgian Diplomats, opposition leaders have laid wreaths on the graves of the soldiers killed in the August war. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze said the August 7th was one of the most tragic days in Georgia`s history.
`This war lasted only five days but took many lives and left many people in trouble. We are still facing the outcome of this war today. We have thousands of IDPs and have serious problems along the occupation line. 20% of our territory is still occupied. We have come here to commemorate all this tragedy and to respect the sacrifice of those people,` Maia Panjikidze said.
On August 7th, the troops of Russia`s regular army attacked the territory of Georgia and began to occupy the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali. The order was given from the Kremlin.
The consolidation of Russia`s troops in the two breakaway regions began a few days before as Moscow was preparing for waging war and occupying conflict regions. Russia staged simulated attack on so-called Russian peacekeepers dislocated in the two regions and sent more troops to Georgia asserting they were protecting the security of the Russian citizens.
Despite the disproportion of forces, with the support of international community and the bravery of Georgian soldiers, the intervention was halted.
The two Georgian regions are still occupied by Russia, which recognized their independence despite the pressure and criticism of European countries.