Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of the Fatherland in Abkhazia (14/08)

On August 14, Abkhazia celebrates the Day of Remembrance of the Defenders of the Fatherland.

On August 14, 1992, troops of the State Council of Georgia entered Abkhazia. According to the official version of Tbilisi, troops were allegedly introduced to guard the railway on the Psou-Ingur section. The Supreme Council of Abkhazia regarded the actions of the State Council of Georgia as « prepared for the occupation of the territory of sovereign Abkhazia ».

After the entry of the Georgian troops, an armed confrontation ensued, escalating into the Georgian-Abkhaz war. The fighting lasted 413 days and ended in the defeat of the Georgian armed forces. Up to 12 thousand people participated in this war. Its victims were more than 2700 people, more than five thousand people were injured.

In all cities and regions of the Republic on this day, wreaths and flowers are laid at the monuments and graves of the population of Abkhazia who died in the Patriotic War of 1992 — 1993. And also various commemorative and solemn events are held.