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The Military of South Ossetia is the military of the breakaway republic of South Ossetia, whose independence is recognized by Russia, Nicaragua, and Venezuela but whom Georgia considers to be a Russian-Occupied Territory. The force numbers about 2,500 men, or 16,000, including reservists.[1]


2008 South Ossetia war

The South Ossetian military fought in the 2008 South Ossetia war to defend the territory against a large-scale Georgian attack.

At the time of the attack, the bulk of the Ossetian force was concentrated in the settlement of Java to the north of Tskhinvali.[2] According to Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, what thwarted the Georgian operation in the end was the resistance offered by peacekeepers and lightly armed South Ossetian units that stayed behind to defend the capital.[2]

According one estimate, the losses of the South Ossetian military forces, militia, and volunteers in the war amounted to 150 dead.[3][4]


Members of the South Ossetian armed forces during a parade in Tskhinvali in May, 2009
Armoured vehicles during the September, 2009 parade in commemoration of the declaration of independence in Tskhinvali

The South Ossetian military has a total of 16,000 soldiers. 2,500 soldiers are on active duty and 13,500 are reservists.

At the beginning of the 2008 South Ossetia war, the armed forces possessed the following equipment: [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] :

After the 2008 South Ossetia War, some of the tanks that were captured from Georgia's forces have been transferred to the South Ossetian military.

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  1. ^ What will be the outcome of the Georgian-Ossetian war?
  2. ^ a b The Russian Air Force didn't perform well during the conflict in South Ossetia Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies 2008-11-15
  3. ^ Barabanov, Mikhail (2008-09-12). "The August War between Russia and Georgia". Moscow Defense Brief (Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies) 3 (13).  
  4. ^ [ The August war between Russia and Georgia
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  9. ^ [ Расстановка сил:сравнение боевого потенциала вооруженных сил Грузии, Южной Осетии и России в зоне конфликта

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