Tbilisi schoolkids performing. A few months later their country was at war.

During the night of 7 to 8 August 2008 Georgia launched a large-scale military attack against South Ossetia, in an attempt to reconquer the territory.

Russia reacted by launching bombing raids deep into Georgia. On August 9 Russian naval forces blockaded a part of the Georgian coast, entered deep into Georgia's interior, threatened with an assault on the capital Tbilisi and called for the resignation of the Georgian president Saakashvili.

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