Today, the political dispute over the territory continues. Located in Georgia, the West sees the borderisation as a land-grab, which violates international law.
However, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua and the Pacific island nation of Nauru recognise the territories as breakaway states.
Take a look at the border today in pictures.
A border sign is seen at the de facto border of South Ossetia.
A Russian military base at the A border.
A local villager walks with her neighbour along the border fence.
An Ossetian flag at the border.
A resident walks past a banner reading “Republic Of South Ossetia”.
Members of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) observe an area standing near the fence.
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