2008 South Ossetia war facts for kids
|2008 South Ossetia war|
|Part of Georgian–Ossetian conflict
and Georgian–Abkhazian conflict
Location of Georgia (including Abkhazia and South Ossetia) and the Russian part of North Caucasus
|Commanders and leaders|
| Mikheil Saakashvili (commander-in-chief)
Lado Gurgenidze (Prime minister)
Davit Kezerashvili (Defence Minister)
Alexandre Lomaia (National Security Council)
Zaza Gogava (Chief of Joint Staff)
David Nairashvili (Air Force commander)
Mamuka Kurashvili (Peacekeepers)
Vano Merabishvili (Minister of Internal Affairs)
| Dmitry Medvedev (commander-in-chief)
Anatoliy Serdyukov (Defence Minister)
Anatoly Khrulyov (58th Army) (WIA)
Vyacheslav Borisov (76th Airborne)
| In South Ossetia: 10,000–12,000 soldiers. Total: 18,000 soldiers, 10,000 reservists.
2,000 soldiers in Iraq at that time, returned short for the end of the conflict
| In South Ossetia:
5,000 regular soldiers.
|Casualties and losses|
South Ossetia: 162 according to Russia, 365 civilians and military according to South Ossetia
South Ossetia and Abkhazia are territories within Georgia that declared independence from Georgia and have been acting in a de facto independent capacity since the early 1990s. Neither state has been diplomatically recognised by any member of the United Nations. The conflict began on August 8, 2008, after Georgia claimed South Ossetian separatists had broken a ceasefire by attacking villages, although South Ossetian officials deny that they attacked villages. Georgia launched a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali.
Russian military troops entered the war at the side of South Ossetia and won the conflict. Georgia launched the Georgia versus Russia (Hague court application, 2008) in the International Court of Justice.
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