2008 Russia-Georgia war

Fire breaks out in South Ossetian de facto president’s building

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The building of de facto president’s administration in South Ossetia caught fire on Wednesday, destroying about 140 square meters. The fire took place on August 8, on the 10th anniversary of the five day Russo-Georgian war, which claimed hundreds of lives from both sides. […]

Officials from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine expected in Georgia for 10th anniversary of August War

By | August 6th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, and the deputy prime minister of Ukraine are among the foreign officials who will visit Georgia on Monday and Tuesday for the 10th anniversary of the Russo-Georgian war. During their visit, […]

Russian MFA Warns Citizens of risks travelling in Georgia

By | November 11th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Tbilisi, DFWatch – Amid growing inflow of Russian tourists to Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry warns its citizens about the risks associated with such visits, referring to the Law on Occupied Territories, which may result for RF citizens facing formidable fines or even prison term. […]

8 years since ’08 war: Over 2,000 civilians have been detained on disputed borders

By | August 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–As Georgia marked eight years since the war with Russia, figures show that over two thousand civilians have been detained on the provisional borders that were drawn after the end of that war. From 2009 to 2015, the number of people […]

UN: Georgian IDPs have right to return to Abkhazia and South Ossetia

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

IDPs from Abkhazia living in a Sanatorium in Western Georgia (DFWatch) TBILISI, DFWatch–For the ninth consecutive year, the United Nations General Assembly on June 7 passed a resolution calling for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the wars in Georgia in the early 1990s. The first resolution […]

ICC prosecutor arrives in Georgia to conduct 2008 war probe

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda arrived in Georgia Thursday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrived in Georgia Thursday, to determine if there is basis for a trial for war crimes in the 2008 war. Bensouda earlier this week filed a 160 page long request to authorize an investigation […]

Saakashvili welcomes ICC investigation into 2008 war

By | October 9th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The International Criminal Court said Wednesday that a prosecutor will begin studying the events in the 2008 Russia-Georgia war to investigate possible war crimes. The probe will look at crimes committed by both parties in connection […]

EUMM’s new deputy head criticized Georgia in 2008

By | February 14th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Ryan Grist, Deputy Head of EUMM. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former British army captain who in 2008 accused Georgia of starting the South Ossetia war has been appointed as deputy head of the EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia (EUMM). In 2008, Ryan Grist was in charge of a group of foreign observers who were […]

Burjanadze claims Saakashvili planned to attack Abkhazia in 2008

By | February 7th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Nino Burjanadze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A former speaker of parliament in Georgia claims that the government of then President Mikheil Saakashvili planned to attack the breakaway region Abkhazia in 2008. Nino Burjanadze, who was one of the leaders of the Rose Revolution in 2003 and now […]

2008 war remembered in Gori

By | August 8th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: |

Torch lighting event on Wednesday to commemorate the 2008 war. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Every year after the Russia-Georgia war in 2008 there have been planned different events for the five days the war lasted to pay tribute to the victims. Events were planned today in Gori, a town close to where the war took place. In the morning there […]

Five years since the Russia-Georgia war

By | August 8th, 2013|Categories: News, Security|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The situation is still tense in the conflict region five years after the Russia-Georgia war, which resulted in hundreds of deaths and the occupation of two Georgian breakaway territories by Russia. The recent tension was caused by Russian soldiers […]

Saakashvili criticizes Ivanishvili for admitting Georgia made mistakes

By | April 24th, 2013|Categories: News, Politics|Tags: |

President Mikheil Saakashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili has criticized Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili for remarks he made regarding two breakaway regions in a speech in Strasbourg Tuesday. Mr Ivanishvili, who was speaking at a session of the Parliamentary […]

Saakashvili refuses to cooperate with 2008 war inquest

By | April 12th, 2013|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Georgia’s president Mikheil Saakashvili and Poland’s president Bronisław Komorowski in Warsaw Friday. (Official photo.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili says he doesn’t plan to cooperate with a new investigation of the Russia-Georgia war in August, 2008. “I, as president, distance myself completely from the statement by the prime minister that it was a fault […]

Ivanishvili defends new inquest into 2008 war

By | April 11th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has defended an initiative to investigate what happened during the war in 2008 between Russia and Georgia. The small Caucasus nation fought a brief war against Russia in August that year, and as Russia […]

Georgia to study mistakes made in 2008 war

By | April 10th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The evaluation will not touch on the question of whether Russia started the war, which Defense Minister Irakli Alasania says is proven by the facts. (Info9.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In the next few days, Georgia will begin an evaluation of its own military actions during the war with Russia in August, 2008. Georgian military experts who have studied the August war have for a long time said it is necessary to have an official […]

Georgia will re-investigate 2008 war and question Saakashvili

By | April 8th, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s justice minister says it is necessary to question President Mikheil Saakashvili about the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008. Minister of Justice Thea Tsulukiani on Monday told local journalists that when the time comes for questioning […]

ICC to investigate 2008 Georgia-Russia war

By | December 20th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch — The International Criminal Court (ICC) is considering launching an investigation into the war between Georgia and Russia in August 2008. The Justice Ministry of Georgia on Wednesday released a statement which says that in accordance with Georgia’s international […]

OSCE calls on South Ossetia to not demolish Georgian villages

By | August 25th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – OSCE’s High Commissioner on National Minorities asks the de facto leadership of Georgia’s breakaway region South Ossetia to explain what a statement about demolishing Georgian villages means. Leonid Tibilov, de facto president of South Ossetia, […]

Putin’s Defeat in Georgia

By | August 15th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

In 279 BC, Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated Roman forces at Asculum in Apuleia at such a cost that the king observed, according to Plutarch, that yet another such “victory” would utterly destroy him and his cause. Because of that observation, made famous by John […]

Learning the Lessons of 2008

By | August 13th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

As the fourth anniversary of the Russian-Georgia war of 2008 has passed, the two nations remain locked in a political and military confrontation which is poisoning the atmosphere of their entire region. A restart of hostilities remains a real danger in several […]

EU concerned about Medvedev’s Tskhinvali visit

By | August 12th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Philip Dimitrov, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, expressed concern about a recent visit by Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to Tskhinvali. Medvedev visited Tskhinvali on August 8, on the fourth anniversary of the […]

One unquoted word created crisis in Georgian media

By | August 9th, 2012|Categories: Media, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – A report sent out by a Georgian news agency led to controversy Tuesday. GHN’s report said that after Russia became involved in the war in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008, it legally brought military equipment into the region. This report was read […]

2008 war remembered in Georgia

By | August 9th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Commemoration events will be held during a whole week in Georgia to pay tribute to victims of Russian-Georgian war in 2008. 370 people died as a result of the five-day war. 190 of them were civilians, 169 soldiers and 14 policemen, three journalists […]

Four years since the war between Russia and Georgia

By | August 8th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Four years after the war between Russia and Georgia, which led to hundreds of deaths, occupation of Georgian lands and Russia’s recognition of two separatist regions, flags are lowered on all government buildings. Davit Bakradze, Speaker of […]

Saakashvili expects Russia to attack Georgia soon

By | May 30th, 2012|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch – President Mikheil Saakashvili says his country expects a new attack from Russia by October, when parliament elections are to be held. But he things it will fail. Saakashvili is on a visit to Latvia together with his wife, and made the statement […]

Georgia’s interior minister must explain warning against 2008 war

By | April 26th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch – Georgia’s interior minister, Vano Merabishvili, must today answer a question in parliament about a warning he received a year and a half before the war with Russia in August 2008. The billionaire who says he made the warning is now building an opposition […]

Russian investigation of violations against ethnic Georgians in August 2008 war

By | April 21st, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: |

The Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) in partnership with the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) and the Russian Justice Initiative (RJI) have lodged a number of cases against the Russian Federation of victims of 2008 August war with the European Court of Human Rights, writes Tamar Abazadze, lawyer at Georgian Young Lawyer's Association (GYLA). The [...]