Republic of South Ossetia is located оn the southern slopes of the Main Caucasus Range in the area of 3900 square meters. Тhe capital is the city of Tskhinval.
One-tenth of the surface occupied by the Republic of the foothills.
The rest of the territory - the mountainous terrain height from 850 to 3938 meters above sea level.
The highest point - Mount Halatsa (3938 m).

Press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Ossetia

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Festivities dedicated to the 9th anniversary of the recognition of the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia by the Russian Federation are taking place in the Republic on August 26.

The correct and fateful decision taken by Dmitriy Medvedev, the President of the Russian Federation, nine years ago gave the Republic the chance for stable development, and after two decades of ethnical cleanings, which culminated in the barbarous action of the Tbilisi regime in August 2008, provided guarantees of security against other attempts of military aggression from Georgian side.

The recognition of the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia by the Russian Federation became a logical outcome of the years-long struggle of the people of South Ossetia for their independence and the most important event in recent history of South Ossetia, which opened a new page in history of South Ossetian-Russian relations.

We in South Ossetia highly appreciate the intensive and trustworthy political dialogue between Tskhinval and Moscow. Over the recent nine years we see the necessity and mutual interest of the Republic of South Ossetia and the Russian Federation in alliance and cooperation in tough international conditions. These years have opened a door to development of South Ossetia and strengthening the positions of Russia in southern direction.

Grateful people of South Ossetia will always remember the feat of Russian soldiers and officers, who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of South Ossetia.

Tskhinval, August 26, 2017