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Landscape in South Ossetia's Dzhava District. ◆South Ossetia - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Ossetia #South_Ossetia

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SOUTH OSSETIA partly recognized state located within the former Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic. South Ossetians declared independence from Georgia in 1990, calling themselves the Republic of South Ossetia. The Georgian government responded by abolishing South Ossetia's autonomy and trying to retake the region by force. This led to the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War. In the wake of the 2008 South Ossetia War, Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru and Tuvalu recognised South Osseti

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Map of Georgia showing the autonomous republics of Abkhazia (de facto independent) and Adjaria, and the de facto independent region of South Ossetia

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Map of Abkhazia, North and South Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and Dagestan. Parts of Russia, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. A wee bit of the Black and Caspian Seas. Karachayevo-Cherkessia and Kabardino-Balkariya. Cities: Sochi, Sukhumi, Grozny, and Tbilisi. The Nabucco pipeline. The Achulgo stronghold.

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from Washington Post

A map of Transnistria, Crimea, and other geographical ‘gray areas’ to be worried about

Map showing disputed areas near Russia -- Transnistria, Crimea, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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