Medvedev: Russia's top priority in S.Ossetia war was to defend our citizens' interests

After the Georgian army launched a full-scale attack on the capital of South Ossetia on 08.08.08, the then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered Russian troops to intervene, the hardest decision in his political career and entire life.

On August 8, 2008, the capital of the republic of South Ossetia came under attack by the Georgian army, which violated a truce and killed dozens of Russian citizens and peacekeepers stationed in the city.

The Russian military intervened, and within five days the conflict was over. Dmitry Medvedev at that time had spent less than three months in office as a president, spoke with RT’s Oksana Boyko about how it started and the behind the scenes political gambling that led to the conflict.

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