23 years have passed since the beginning of the Abkhazian War
14 August, 2015
23 years have passed since the beginning of the Abkhazian War
In 1992, 23 years ago, a war broke out in Abkhazia. Military activities started on August 14 of 1992. The National Guard of Georgia’s Defense Ministry that entered Abkhazian territory to protect Sochi-Ingiri section of railroad, was fired upon by the “Abkhazian Guard” created by Chairperson of Abkhazian Supreme Council by order of Vladislav Ardzinba in the village of Okhurei in the Ochamchire region.

The State Council made a decision to deploy the Nati
onal Guard to the Sochi-Ingiri railroad based on an agreement formed with Abkhazia’s Supreme Council Chairperson Vladislav Ardzinba on 11 August.

Despite the agreement, the “Abkhazian Guard” confronted Georgia’s National Guard in the Ochamchire and Gulripsh regions and in Sokhumi, which escalated into a full-blown military conflict in Abkhazia.

The war lasted for 13 months and 13 days and ended on September 27, 1993 with the defeat of Georgian Armed Forces. Abkhazian-Russian armed formations occupied positions along river Enguri on September 30, 1993. Abkhazian self-recognized republic celebrates victory over Georgia and Abkhazian Independence Day annually on September 30.

According to our estimates, over 10 thousand Georgian soldiers and civilians died in the confrontation in 1992-93. 300 thousand Georgian refugees from Abkhazia are left homeless.
According to Abkhazian data, 3500 Abkhazians died and about 2 thousand were wounded in the conflict.

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