Brief but intense conflict claimed over 400 lives
Georgia marks the eighth anniversary of its brief five-day war with Russia over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
In August 2008, Moscow officially launched a full land and air assault of South Ossetia under the guise of a 'peacekeeping mission', after then-President Mikheil Saakashvili deployed Georgian soldiers to the region to quell separatist firing.
The intense conflict killed over 400 Georgian citizens, including 228 eight civilians.
Since then, Kremlin has cemented his power in the largely internationally unrecognised breakaway republics.