: Georgia marks eighth anniversary of war with Russia
Politics21:06 Aug. 8, 2016
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Georgia marks eighth anniversary of war with Russia

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.

Read also Russia's attack on Georgia was prologue to Kremlin's war against Ukraine - Poroshenko

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.

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