Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and President Salome Zurabishvili have paid tribute to the 17 soldiers who lost their lives in the Shindisi battle, during the Russia-Georgia war in 2008.
PM Gakharia said that exactly 12 years ago on this day “17 Georgian heroes sacrificed their lives in an unequal fight for the unity and integrity of our country”.
Our Shindisi heroes are the greatest Georgians of recent history, whose names should be remembered”, Gakharia stated.
President Zurabishvili also noted that Georgia will never forget its heroes.
Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri and Head of the State Security Service Grigol Liluashvili also paid tribute to the fallen soldiers.
Minister of Internal Affairs, Vakhtang Gomelauri and Head of the State Security Service, Grigol Liluashvili along with their Deputies visited Shindisi village in Shida Kartli region and laid a wreath on the grave of 17 heroes fallen in August War 2008.https://t.co/bU8tFofIAf pic.twitter.com/UEq3vOSwYR— MIA of Georgia (@MIAofGeorgia) August 11, 2020
On August 11, 2008 a 21-member detachment of Georgian soldiers came face-to-face with Russian soldiers in the village of Shindisi.
Despite being greatly outnumbered, Georgians inflicted significant damage on their enemy. All but four of the Georgian soldiers died in the fight.