Gaz Vodnik at South Ossetia 2008.

Gaz Vodnik at South Ossetia 2008.

SOUTH OSSETIA partly recognized state located within the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. South Ossetians declared independence from Georgia in 1990, calling themselves the Republic of South Ossetia. The Georgian government responded by abolishing South Ossetia's autonomy and trying to retake the region by force. This led to the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War. In the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia War, Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Tuvalu recognised South Osseti

SOUTH OSSETIA partly recognized state located within the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. South Ossetians declared independence from Georgia in 1990, calling themselves the Republic of South Ossetia. The Georgian government responded by abolishing South Ossetia's autonomy and trying to retake the region by force. This led to the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War. In the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia War, Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Tuvalu recognised South Osseti

Landscape in South Ossetia's Dzhava District. ◆South Ossetia - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Ossetia #South_Ossetia

Landscape in South Ossetia's Dzhava District. ◆South Ossetia - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Ossetia #South_Ossetia

Russian Army IMR-1 in South Ossetia.

Russian Army IMR-1 in South Ossetia.

Flag of South Ossetia - South Ossetia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Flag of South Ossetia - South Ossetia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Map of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Also includes Crimea, Georgia, and Chechnya, as well as Nagorno-Karabakh.

Map of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. Also includes Crimea, Georgia, and Chechnya, as well as Nagorno-Karabakh.

The current republic of Georgia independent since 1991. Zviad Gamsakhurdia stoked Georgian nationalism  asserting Tbilisi's authority over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Gamsakhurdia was deposed in a bloody coup d'état and  a bitter civil war, which lasted until 1995. Supported by Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia achieved de facto independence from Georgia. The Rose Revolution forced Eduard Shevardnadze to resign in 2003. The new government under Mikheil Saakashvili

The current republic of Georgia independent since 1991. Zviad Gamsakhurdia stoked Georgian nationalism asserting Tbilisi's authority over Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Gamsakhurdia was deposed in a bloody coup d'état and a bitter civil war, which lasted until 1995. Supported by Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia achieved de facto independence from Georgia. The Rose Revolution forced Eduard Shevardnadze to resign in 2003. The new government under Mikheil Saakashvili

Clash in the Caucasus: Georgia, Russia, and the Fate of South Ossetia

Clash in the Caucasus: Georgia, Russia, and the Fate of South Ossetia

Georgia considers South Ossetia to be occupied by the Russian army. Map of Georgia highlighting the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are de facto independent from the central government of Georgia.

Georgia considers South Ossetia to be occupied by the Russian army. Map of Georgia highlighting the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, both of which are de facto independent from the central government of Georgia.

The European Union, Council of Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and most UN member countries do not recognize South Ossetia as an independent state.

The European Union, Council of Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and most UN member countries do not recognize South Ossetia as an independent state.

Map showing disputed areas near Russia -- Transnistria, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

A map of Transnistria, Crimea, and other geographical ‘gray areas’ to be worried about

Map showing disputed areas near Russia -- Transnistria, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

Belt Buckle, 1st or 2nd century, Eurasian (South Ossetia, Georgia, and north Caucasus), Bronze, 9.75 x 10 cm

Belt Buckle, 1st or 2nd century, Eurasian (South Ossetia, Georgia, and north Caucasus), Bronze, 9.75 x 10 cm

T-55A from the separate Army tank company in South Ossetia. Hit in Tskhinvali, was wounded a driver.

T-55A from the separate Army tank company in South Ossetia. Hit in Tskhinvali, was wounded a driver.

Russian BMP-2a in South Ossetia, 2008

Russian BMP-2a in South Ossetia, 2008

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