Georgia: PM blames 'Russian aggression' ten years after South Ossetia war

Georgian Prime Minister Mamula Bakhadze attended a wreath-laying ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the South Ossetia conflict in Tbilisi on Tuesday. Speaking after the ceremony, Bakhadze accused Russia of igniting the five-day war in 2008, blaming Moscow for «yet another aggression against Georgia, against the Georgian statehood.» «Unfortunately, 20 per cent of the Georgian territory... Еще is still occupied and our citizens do not have opportunity to come back home,» said the prime minister. The conflict erupted on the night of August 7-8, 2008, as Georgia launched an intensive air campaign against South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali. The attack left casualties among Russian peacekeepers and Ossetian militia defending the territory captured by Georgian forces. In response, Russia deployed units of the Russian 58th Army and Russian airborne troops and four days of fighting ensued leaving up to 1,000 civilians dead with the heaviest fighting taking place in Tskhinvali. The five-day conflict came to an end August 12, 2008 when both sides agreed to a preliminary ceasefire.

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