Flags at half-mast on 11th anniversary of 2008 Russia-Georgia war

  • The Georgian national flag has been lowered over the Administrative building of the Government of Georgia. Photo: Government press office

Agenda.ge, 8 Aug 2019 - 09:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian national flags are flying at half-mast today on all government buildings across the country to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the most tragic day in the recent history of the country – the five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. 

The national flag has also been lowered in front of the Parliament of Georgia in Tbilisi:


Peaceful anti-occupation rallies continue on central Rustaveli Avenue in front of the parliament building today – demonstrators released 412 balloons into the sky in remembrance of those who died during the five-day war in 2008.

The Interior Ministry also lowered the national flag last night:


The physical confrontation  between the Georgian army and Ossetian separatists reinforced by Russian soldiers started on August 8, 2008. However, developments started on the evening of August 7.

The five-day armed conflict claimed the lives of 228 Georgian civilians, 170 soldiers and 14 police officers.

192,000 people had to leave their houses during the war. Most of them returned to their homes after the war but more than 20,000 still remain displaced.