08.08.08 - 10 YEAR

The author of these lines has more direct relation to the events of the war 08.08.08, than, probably, the majority of subscribers.

By virtue of my origin, I have relatives on both sides of the Greater Caucasus, in “both Ossetia,” if you like.

Let's briefly outline the events of those five days from the point of view of our family, which has fallen into a difficult situation. The following has about 90-percent accuracy, as it is a story about actions, which I myself was not a witness, a retelling of the impressions of my relatives, who were at that time directly in the combat zone. Multiply my story on the comparative prescription of events. Also, I will not give, for obvious reasons, the names of the heroes of the story. The story of the 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.

Place actions: Georgia, the first of August. My aunt, Ossetian, resident of Vladikavkaz. He is visiting his friends in a Georgian village near the border with South Ossetia. She became a witness of the Georgian artillery in the vicinity of this village, as well as the evacuation of the civilian population from the border strip. My aunt was taken 4 or 5 in August to Tbilisi along with the rest of the village Georgian military, placed in the school building. Later, around 8-9, numbers, her, a citizen of the Russian Federation, were detained by Georgian police officers without explaining the reasons. At 10's August, she, a civilian, was brought to some frontier checkpoint and “traded” along with other civilians (apparently Ossetians who were at the time of the outbreak of hostilities in Georgia) for captured Georgian soldiers. In fact, the Georgians took a woman as a citizen of Russia as hostages and exchanged them for their poor warriors. How to give a legal assessment of this - think up for yourself.

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 file, people sat 2 for the day, until the Georgian troops fled the city. The mother’s sister was taken to Moscow for a couple of months. Because there is nowhere to live in a logical way.

Third episode:

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 basement in Tskhinval and Georgians are bombing them.”

- “Sorry, we have other information. Make it in writing, send us an email. ”


“Could you fix some points - in this form we cannot publish it.” Indicate the plots in the letter.

The father corrects the critical moments, which, as it seems to him, will now satisfy the BBC journalists.

- No response from British journalists.

Meanwhile, the 58-Army tanks of the RF Armed Forces pass the Roki tunnel and enter the territory of South Ossetia. Saakashvili eats his tie, blames Russia for the attack, asks 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 be humiliated by all sorts of provincial miseries. The reform of the army began, the consequences of which we can observe now.

For the Ossetian people, Russia's actions meant salvation from ethnic cleansing and the preservation of its original territory. The Ossetians did not forget this, as the example of Ossetian fighters in the Donbas shows - the commander of the Pyatnashka unit of the DPR, Oleg Mamiev, recently died in a battle with the Ukrainians.

Specifically for my family - the salvation of relatives from death and injuries, which would have come if Russian troops had not come, or had come later.

For the small, but brazen Georgian people, this became an encounter with reality, and an indication of their place. For the president of this country - ultimately a mutation into a Ukrainian with all the consequences. (By the way, Ukrainians were then air defense system operators, who 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.

Anton Bennen

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