South Ossetia in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-04-22 South Ossetian Autonomous Region forms in Georgian SSR
  • 1990-09-20 South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.
  • 2006-11-12 The former Soviet republic of South Ossetia holds a referendum on independence from Georgia.
  • 2008-08-07 Georgia launches a military offensive to surround and capture the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali, from Russian control, starting the South Ossetia War.
  • 2008-08-08 Georgian invasion into South Ossetia. Beginning of five-day war between Georgia and Russia.
  • 2008-08-26 Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia.