Georgia holds a commemorative ceremony to mark the 7th anniversary of the 2008 war with Russia over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Georgia marks the 7th anniversary of the August 2008 war with Russia over South Ossetia and Abkhazia. After it ended, Moscow recognized both regions as independent countries. The Kremlin said it launched its offensive in 2008 to stop a Georgian bid to seize back two pro-Russian Georgian territories that sought to break with Tbilisi. On Saturday (August 8) the Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili visited a cemetery where Georgian soldiers were buried. "Today we are thinking about the historic injustice that have lasted for more than seven years. History has seen unfair political actions, history has seen barbed wires and walls which tried to divide a nation, tried to divide countries, but I swear that this will not last and that Georgia and Georgia's independence and sovereignty will prevail, " said Margvelashvili after laying the wreath to the monument to the Georgian soldiers perished in a five-day war. 228 Georgian civilians, 170 servicemen and 14 police died in the 2008 war with Russia which caused the worst rift with the West since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine signed political and trade agreements with the European Union last year and want to join the bloc.