Dense forests on the site of Georgian villages

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As a result of the August 2008 war, Georgia lost control of 189 villages, 125 of which remain under Russian occupation to this day. Nearly 150,000 people have fled their homes since the war, of whom 30,000 remain in exile. “The stories in the ethnic Georgian villages of South Ossetia are equally shocking. “Paramilitary formations enter villages, fill cars and luggage with everything of value, and then burn down houses and move on to the next village,” RFE / RL wrote in 2008. On August 15, 2008, the so-called The de facto president of the Republic of South Ossetia, Eduard Kokoity, when asked by a journalist of the newspaper “Commersant” “What is happening in the territory of the Georgian enclaves now?” In the same interview, he insisted, “We are not going to ever bring anyone back. About 18,000 Ossetians from Georgia are currently displaced in North Ossetia and must return to South Ossetia. ” Eleonora Bedoeva told him that “if the Georgians who remain in South Ossetia do not live up to our expectations, we will expel them … I do not need the return of Georgians to the northern villages of Tamarasheni and others, and they will not be able to do so.” Villages lost by the Georgian side during the war and in the following days and months were burned and looted. The following years were spent on the complete destruction of the existing buildings there. The densely populated areas are dense forests and cleared fields 13 years after the end of the war. 4.2 billion allocated from the Russian federal budget in 2017. The project, funded in rubles (about $ 70 million) aimed at the socio-economic development of the Republic of South Ossetia, razed the remaining houses in Georgian villages to the ground with heavy equipment. Photos taken with Google earth clearly show the condition of Georgian villages before and after the war. (Move the cursor over the photo, or move the slider on each photo to replace old and new photos)

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