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09.18.2013 South Ossetia. Yellow leopard, Gold eagle

On the night of August 8, 2008 the Georgia armed forces attacked the territory of South Ossetia, shot part of the Russian contingent of Peacekeeping forces, and destroyed the capital Tskhinval.  The Russian Federation, having took part in defence of inhabitants of South Ossetia and own citizens, It entered armies into the republic and after five days of operations forced out the Georgian military from the region.
On August 26, 2008 Russia recognized the state sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia - two former autonomies entering as a part of Georgia and achieving full independence of it still before disintegration of the USSR. In reply Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared two Transcaucasian republics occupied territories.

Five years later, on July 14, 2013, in Tskhinval in the presence of the President of the Republic South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov and the Minister of Communications of Russia Nikolay Nikiforov took place solemn presentation of the first South Ossetia postage stamp from the moment of official recognition of the republic as the sovereign state. Issue is dated for the 5th anniversary of recognition of independence of the Republic South Ossetia by the Russian Federation. The announcement about issue is published on the website Ukrafil in release of August 16, 2013.
On stamp are presented a national flags and the coats of arms of Russia and South Ossetia, framed with a national Ossetian ornament, and the text in the Ossetian language "August, 26, Recognition of independence of the Republic South Ossetia by the Russian Federation". And also the state name in English and Ossetian languages, year of the edition and face value - 15 som (rubles).
Multicolored; printing – offset.
Paper coated, gummed.
The stamp is printed by Goznak Printing House of the Russian Federation.

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