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

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Palm Sunday procession in Tskhinvali, April 2009. ◆South Ossetia - Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Ossetia #South_Ossetia