The author of these lines has more direct relation to the events of the war 08.08.08, than, probably, the majority of subscribers.
Because of their origin, I have relatives on both sides of the Greater Caucasus, in "both Ossetia", if you like.
Let's summarize the events of those five days from the point of view of my family, who got into a difficult situation. The following has about 90-percent certainty, since it is a story about actions, which I myself was not a witness, by retelling the impressions of my relatives who were at that moment directly in the war zone. Multiply my story by comparative prescription of events. Also, I will not give, for obvious reasons, the names of the heroes of the story. The narrative of a half-forgotten war consists of three episodes.
So, the first: the statement of the Georgian propaganda about the attack on them by the Russian Federation is a lie.
Location: Georgia, the first of August. My aunt, an Ossetian, a resident of Vladikavkaz. He is visiting his friends in one Georgian village near the border with South Ossetia. She became a witness of the tightening and deployment of Georgian artillery in the vicinity of this village, as well as the evacuation of civilians from the border strip. My aunt was taken to 4 or 5 August in Tbilisi, along with the rest of the village residents, Georgian military, placed in the school building. Later, around 8-9, her, a Russian citizen, was detained by Georgian police without explanation. In 10-x numbers of August, her, a civilian, was brought to some border checkpoint and "exchanged" with other civilian (apparently Ossetians, who were at the time of the beginning of hostilities in the territory of Georgia) to the captured Georgian soldiers. In fact - the Georgians took a hostage woman, a Russian citizen, and exchanged for their wretched warriors. What kind of legal assessment is this?
The second episode.
Venue: Tskhinval, 08.08.08
The city is subjected to shelling of Georgian artillery. My mother's cousin, on her hands - a two-month-old newborn baby. After the start of the bombardment, he runs into the basement of the five-story building. As the fighting continues and bombardments, the corpses of people and wounded militiamen are brought into the basement. In the basement about 40 people. In between firing calls relatives in Russia. Actually, it tells us what is happening in Tskhinvali.
In the cellar in this way, people sat 2 days, before the escape of Georgian troops from the city. My mother's sister was taken away to Moscow for a couple of months. Because there was nowhere to live, in a logical way.
Moscow. My father calls the editorial office of the BBC, which opened a hot-line for those who have any information from the scene.
- "My wife's sister is sitting in a cellar in Tskhinval and they are bombed by Georgians."
"Sorry, we have other information. Write in writing, send it to the post office. "
- "Could you correct some moments - in this form we can not publish it." Point out the plots in the letter.
Father corrects acute moments, which, it seems to him, will now satisfy the BBC journalists.
Answer from British journalists did not follow.
Meanwhile, the tanks of the 58 army of the RF Armed Forces pass the Roki tunnel and enter the territory of the South Ossetia. Saakashvili eats a tie, accuses Russia of an attack, asks the Americans to send a fleet, et cetera. Then you actually know.
What conclusions can be drawn:
Russia made it clear that it would not allow itself to humiliate all the provincial misery. The reform of the army began, the consequences of which we can observe now.
For the Ossetian people, Russia's actions meant saving from ethnic cleansing and preserving its original territory. Ossetians did not forget this, as an example of Ossetian fighters in the Donbass shows - the commander of the Dnepropetrovsk branch "Pyatnashka", Oleg Mamiev, recently died in battle with the Ukrainians.
It is for my family - the rescue of relatives from the death and injury that would have occurred if the Russian troops did not come or came later.
For a small, but arrogant Georgian people, this became a meeting with reality, and an indication of their place. For the president of this country - ultimately the mutation in the Ukrainian with all the consequences. (Ukrainians by the way were then operators of air defense systems, which even shot down a couple of our old SU-25).
I also recommend reading interview Alexandra Dugina, who at that time was in South Ossetia and personally witnessed these events.