South Ossetia

Under fire in South Ossetia

A Georgian journalist remembers his first experience of conflict reporting
Ten years ago, conflict broke out between Georgia and Russia over the break-away region of South Ossetia, with the first shells falling on the capital Tskhinvali on 7th August.  Watching events unfold from the Georgian capital Tbilisi was Temur Kighuradze. Today he's a journalist with BBC Russian, but then he was an ambitious young newspaper journalist, and managed to catch a ride with some friends to the heart of the fighting.

Image: a destroyed building in South Ossetia in August 2008
Credit: VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
Georgians protest in human chain against Russian forces
Hundreds of Georgians form a human chain near the Russian-occupied breakaway region of South Ossetia.