Today Abkhazia celebrates the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Latskaya tragedy - citizens who died in the Patriotic War of the people of Abkhazia in 1992-1993.
On December 14, 1992, during the Georgian-Abkhaz war in the Kodori Gorge above the village of Lata (Gulripsh district), the troops of the State Council of Georgia shot down a Russian helicopter, which was making a humanitarian flight from the besieged city of Tkuarchal to the city of Gudauta.
As a result of this barbaric act, 87 people died, including 35 children. Eight pregnant women were among the victims of the Latsk tragedy. The remains of the dead were buried in the city of Gudauta.
It is in Gudauta that on the anniversary of those events, the public of Abkhazia gathers at the Memorial to the victims of the Latskaya tragedy. Every year, a mourning rally dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Latskaya tragedy takes place here. And in all Orthodox churches of the republic and in places of worship of other confessions, memorial services and prayers are held for those killed in the Latskaya tragedy.
A rally of memory is also taking place in the city of Tkuarchal, at a memorial erected on the site from which a helicopter with women and children took off on that tragic day, as well as in Sukhum at the Memorial in the Park of Glory.