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  • n. Plural form of Ossetian.


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  • “None of the Ossetians is even thinking of reconciliation with Georgia now,” she said.

    War Doesn’t End With Treaties « Blog

  • The Ossetians are a distinct ethnic group originally from the Russian plains just south of the Don river.

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  • It faulted Russian forces in control of the territory that either “would not or could not” control the South Ossetians.

    Balloon Juice » 2009 » September

  • And was Russia drawn into the Georgian conflict by the South Ossetians in a similar way?

    The Return

  • For twelve years, no military confrontation occurred, and Ossetians and Georgians traveled back and forth and traded freely with each other.

    The Return

  • A Russian investigating committee published a list of 365 Ossetians who were confirmed dead, presumably including both civilians and militia men.

    The Return

  • The Ossetians, assisted by some Russian army troops and irregulars, managed to repel the Georgian attackers.

    The Return

  • The Caucasus range became a repository of tongues—the Arabs called it a “Language Mountain”—peopled by Persian-speaking Ossetians and Tats; Turkic-speaking Balkars, Karachays, and Kumyks; Circassian-speaking Adyghes, Kabardins, and Cherkess; and many others—such as the Avars and Ingush—whose languages had no relatives outside the Caucasus.

    The Return

  • Some five-hundred or six-hundred people died in that conflict, and tens of thousands of refugees—both Ossetians and Georgians—fled the war zone.

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  • But attempts to intimidate the Abkhazians and South Ossetians failed.

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