The first explosions sounded over Tskhinvali just after 23:30 on the night of August 7, 2008. Close to midnight, the Georgian army opened up with a full scale artillery assault on the breakaway republic of South Ossetia after escalating tensions reached breaking point between Georgia and Russia. In response, Russia deployed its army and waged a bombing campaign in parts of Georgia. The war came to an end on August 12, 2008 when a truce was negotiated, yet tensions have remained high ever since.
Nearly 1,000 were killed during the conflict and tens of thousands displaced. Soon after the war, Moscow recognised South Ossetia as an independent state and Russia’s presence in the region has steadily increased, which Georgia views as effective annexation.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War over the disputed territory of South Ossetia. While the war only lasted five days, its impact is still felt today. These photographs were taken in various locations across Georgia focusing on the landscape, remembrance, and the lingering scars of war.