Announcement of the press-service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of South Ossetia

On 7-8 August 2013 Republic of South Ossetia commemorated fifth anniversary of the armed aggression of Georgia against Republic of South Ossetia.

On 7 August a mourning ceremony ‘Living light of memory’ started at 23:35- exactly at this point in time in August 2008 sleeping Tskhinval was first bombed. The offensive and irresponsible decision of M. Saakashvili and the Georgian leadership brought death and wounds to thousands of people, including Russian and Ossetian peacekeepers. In the memory of those who died was carried a payer service at the church of Virgin Mary in Tskhinval.

On 8 August President of Republic of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov with Government members laid flowers to death places of the defenders of South Ossetia, including Russian peacekeeper that died in fights against Georgian aggressors in August 2008, a foundation stone was laid for a Memorial Complex ‘To defenders of Ossetia’. A photo exhibition of N. Batraeva ‘Ossetia: an outward glance’ and film shows on August 2008 were arranged.

In the arrangements participated representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of South Ossetia.
Commemorations took at the Embassies of Republic of South Ossetia in Moscow, Sukhum and Tiraspol.


Tskhinval, 9 August 2013