SUKHUM -- Today marks the 21th anniversary of the liberation of Sukhum from Georgian State Council troops.
On 27 September 1993, the Abkhaz army liberated the capital, Sukhum, at the cost of huge losses. The operation to liberate Sukhum from Georgian State Council troops lasted 11 days. It was headed by then Defense Minister Major-General Sultan Sosnaliyev and the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Abkhazia, Major-General Sergei Dbar. During the day of 27 September 1993, the Abkhaz forces overcame the resistance of the enemy and liberated Sukhum. That event marked the de facto victory of the Abkhaz army in the war against the Georgian aggressors. During the following three days the Abkhaz army advanced to the River Ingur, and on 30 September raised the flag of the Republic of Abkhazia on the state border with Georgia.
Today, starting in the morning, people laid flowers and wreathes in the Park of Glory in Sukhum. Veterans of the 1992-193 Fatherland ar of the People of Abkhazia came, the mothers of fallen soldiers, President Raul Khadzhimba, Vice President Valery Gabniya, Parliament speaker Valerii Bganba, parliament deputies, members of the government and society.
Numerous events are taking place in Sukhum to mark the 20th anniversary of the liberation of the capital.