07.Aug .2022 17:00

EU Delegation to Georgia on 14 years after August 2008 Russia-Georgia war

EU Delegation to Georgia on 14 years after August 2008 Russia-Georgia war
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This year marks the 14th anniversary of the August 2008 war. Fourteen years ago, the Russian Federation invaded Georgia and occupied two regions of the country, Abkhazia and Tskhinvali, so-called South Ossetia.

Since that time, thousands of residents have been displaced, persecuted, and impoverished. Many have lost their lives. The war lasted for five days - August 7–12.

According to the Ministry of Defense of Georgia, during Russian invasion 228 civilians, 169 military officers and 14 police officers died, 1747 people were wounded. About 150 thousand people were forced to leave their homes.

Today, 20% of Georgian territory remains occupied.

Georgia’s foreign partners including the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia responded to the anniversary. The EU Delegation has issued a statement on behalf of its Acting Head which reads as follows:

“14 years have passed since the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war. As the EU stands united in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war of aggression against Ukraine, we also reiterate our condemnation of Russia’s recognition of and continued military presence in the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. It is a violation of both international law and of Russia’s commitments under the 12 August 2008 agreement.

The human rights of conflict-affected communities in Georgia continue to be violated, including through so-called ’borderisation’ policies, closures of crossing points and illegal detentions. Restrictions on their freedom of movement must end. We call again for accountability, including a credible investigation of all past violations of human rights to hold the perpetrators to account, to bring justice to the victims, and to ensure proper follow-up by the Russian Federation of the landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on 21 January 2021.

We remain fully committed to conflict resolution, including through the European Union’s engagement as co-chair in the Geneva International Discussions, through the work of the EU Special Representative and the continued presence on the ground of the EU Monitoring Mission. We reiterate the European Union’s firm support to the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders,” the statement reads.