State flags lowered in memory of 2008 August war victims in Georgia
Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug. 7 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
State flags are at half-mast by an order of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili throughout the country, presidential administration said on Tuesday.
"By the presidential order, national flags should be flown at half mast throughout Georgia in memory of those killed in the struggle for independence and unity of Georgia on Aug.7 and 8, 2008," the report says.
"According to official data, 413 people were killed during the August war from the Georgian side, including 166 soldiers, 16 policemen and 220 civilians. Some 2,234 people were injured.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the Tskhinvali city and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as the occupied territories.