11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8)

Spokesperson Ortagus on 11 Years Since Russian Invasion of Georgia

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: It has been eleven years since #Russia’s military invasion of #Georgia, when hundreds were killed or injured & over 190,000 civilians were displaced. @StateDept stands with the Georgian people & welcomes the day we can commemorate the end of Russia’s occupation.

Posted by U.S. Department of State on Thursday, August 8, 2019

11th Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Georgia (August 8)

It has been eleven years since Russia’s military invasion of Georgia, when hundreds were killed or injured and over 190,000 civilians were displaced.  

For many, the impact of the conflict continues: livelihoods remain destroyed, families remain separated, freedom of movement has not been restored, and property has not been returned. 

Within the last 24-hours we have received reports that Russian-backed de-facto authorities have started the process of borderization at a village near the South Ossetia [uh-SET-eeyuhadministrative boundary line.  If completed, this action would cut the village off from its irrigation system. 

These actions are a threat to peace and stability. 

As today’s actions show, Russia consistently violates the Georgian people’s right to security and property.  Further, Russia’s invasion and occupation of twenty percent of Georgian territory is in stark violation of the principles of the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, and the fundamental norms and principles of international law.

We urge the Russian Federation to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.

We call upon the Russian Federation to implement in full the EU-mediated August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, to withdraw its forces from the occupied territories of Georgia, and to affirm and implement a commitment not to use force against Georgia.  We will not stop working until Russia ends its occupation of sovereign Georgian territory. 

We support the right of hundreds of thousands of IDPs and refugees to return to their homes safely and with dignity.  

Finally, we stand with the Georgian people and welcome the day we can commemorate the end of Russia’s occupation of their territory.