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Map showing North and South Ossetia when they were part of the Soviet Union

Ossetia (/ɒˈsɛtjə, ɒˈsʃə/;[1] Ossetian: Ир, Ирыстон, romanized: Ir, Iryston; Russian: Осетия, romanized: Osetiya; Georgian: ოსეთი) is a region in the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Most people living there are ethnic Ossetians. The Ossetian language is part of the Eastern Iranian branch of the family of Indo-European languages.[2] Most countries recognise the southern area as part of Georgia. But, Russia has created a Republic of South Ossetia there. Most countries do not recognize the Republic of South Ossetia as an independent country.[3][4][5][6] The northern part of the region is the republic of North Ossetia–Alania in the Russian Federation.

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  1. "Ossetia". Collins English Dictionary.
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  4. STEPANOVA, EKATERINA (2008). "SOUTH OSSETIA AND ABKHAZIA: PLACING THE CONFLICT IN CONTEXT". Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – via JSTOR. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. Manutscharjan, Aschot (2008). "ABKHAZIA AND SOUTH OSSETIA – RUSSIA'S INTERVENTION IN GEORGIA (AUGUST 2008)". Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – via JSTOR. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. Markedonov, Sergey (2015), Bebler, Anton (ed.), "The South Ossetia conflict", “Frozen conflicts" in Europe (1 ed.), Verlag Barbara Budrich, pp. 111–118, ISBN 978-3-8474-0133-9, JSTOR j.ctvdf0bmg.11, retrieved 2022-03-16