- From Russian осетин (osetín). (Wiktionary)
“As the Soviet Union began to crumble in 1989, and Georgian nationalist moves for independence gathered pace, so too did Ossete nationalism and demands for separation from Georgia.”
“The Ossete national movement was encouraged by the Soviet Government in an effort to exert pressure against Georgian independence.”
“Georgia declared the South Ossete autonomous republic abolished.”
“These were fought to a standstill by local Ossete militia backed by Soviet Interior Ministry troops.”
“The Georgia government badly bungled efforts to hold the Ossete people within the Georgian state sparking an armed confrontation with Russia that now jeopardizes not only the status of South Ossetia but also Abkhazia.”
“Ossete boys, carrying wallets of honeycomb on their shoulders, were hovering around me.”
“One of our drivers was a Russian peasant from Yaroslavl, the other, an Ossete.”
“In order to accomplish the ascent of Mount Koishaur by nightfall, my driver, an Ossete, urged on the horses indefatigably, singing zealously the while at the top of his voice.”
“No, sir," the Ossete answered; "but there are a great many threatening to fall -- a great many.”
“Barefooted Ossete boys, carrying wallets of honeycomb on their shoulders, were hovering around me.”
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