Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug.8 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and the Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, commemorate those killed in the Georgian-Russian war in August 2008 at the military cemetery Muhatgverdi.
Defense Minister Dmitri Shashkin and the command of the Joint Staff were together with the president and the patriarch. The President was accompanied by wife Sandra Roelofs.
Members of the families of the victims were at the cemetery. The President and his spouse expressed condolences to them.
Some 27 Georgian servicemen are buried at a military cemetery Muhatgverdi.
Military actions were launched in the Georgian territory, South Ossetia on Aug.8 in 2008. Later the Russian troops occupied the city of Tskhinvali and drove the Georgian military back. Russia recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced the two unrecognised republics as occupied territories.