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Because it has decreased Western dependence on Middle East's oil, the pipeline has been a major factor in the United States' backing for Georgia. At the conclusion of the summit on 4 April, Putin said that NATO's enlargement towards Russia "would be taken in Russia as a direct threat to the security of our country".


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On 16 April , official ties between the Russian authorities and the separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia were sanctioned by an order of Russian president Vladimir Putin. The separatist-authored legislative documents and the separatist-accredited bodies were also recognised. A Georgian reconnaissance drone flying over Abkhazia was shot down by a Russian warplane on 20 April.

In late April, the Russian government said that Georgia was assembling 1, troops and policemen in the upper Kodori Gorge area and was planning to "invade" Abkhazia, [97] and that Russia would "retaliate" against Georgian offensive and had deployed more military in the separatist regions. The number of Russian peacekeepers deployed in Abkhazia was boosted to 2, in early May. But Russian troop levels remained under the cap of 3, troops imposed by a decision of CIS heads of state. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the resolution was "a counterproductive move".

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Russia deployed railroad troops on 31 May to repair a rail line in Abkhazia. According to the Russian defence ministry, railroad troops were not armed. Georgia stated that the development was an "aggressive" act. The resolution stated that the peacekeeping structure should be changed because Russia was no longer an unbiased player. In early July, the conditions in South Ossetia aggravated, when a South Ossetian separatist militia official was killed by blasts on 3 July and several hours later an unsuccessful assassination attempt on Dmitry Sanakoyev , the leader of the Georgian-backed Ossetian government , wounded three police officers.

The next day, the Georgian law enforcement was ordered by the president to arrange the liberation of the soldiers. On 15 July, the United States and Russia began two parallel military trainings in the Caucasus, though Russia denied that the identical timing was intentional. A total of 1, servicemen, including 1, American troops, took part in the exercise, which concluded on 31 July. The Georgian brigade was trained to serve in Iraq.

The exercise included training to aid peacekeeping forces stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Know your probable enemy! The pamphlet described the Georgian Armed Forces. In response, Georgian snipers assaulted some of the South Ossetian stations, killing four Ossetians and wounding seven. South Ossetian separatists began intensively shelling Georgian villages on 1 August. This caused Georgian peacekeepers and servicemen in the area to return fire. The total Ossetian fatalities became six and the total wounded were now fifteen, among them several civilians; the Georgian casualties were six wounded civilians and one wounded policeman.

Nikolay Pankov , the Russian deputy defence minister, had a confidential meeting with the separatist authorities in Tskhinvali on 3 August. That day, Russian Ambassador-at-Large Yuri Popov declared that his country would be involved in the conflict on the side of South Ossetia. Up until the operation to enforce peace is carried out. Mortar and artillery exchange between the South Ossetian and Georgian forces erupted in the afternoon of 6 August across almost the entire front line, which lasted until the dawn of 7 August.

Exchanges resumed following a brief gap in the morning. The escalated assaults forced Georgian civilians to flee their homes. According to Georgian intelligence, [] and several Russian media reports, parts of the regular non-peacekeeping Russian Army had already moved to South Ossetian territory through the Roki Tunnel before the Georgian military operation. It has more or less stabilized now. A battalion from the North Caucasus District has entered the area.

Georgian artillery launched smoke bombs into South Ossetia at This was followed by a minute intermission, which purportedly enabled the civilians to escape, before the Georgian forces began bombarding hostile positions. Although Georgian military had pledged safety to the Russian peacekeepers for their neutrality, the Russian peacekeepers had to follow the Russian command to attack the Georgian troops. The Georgian 4th Brigade of Vaziani Military Base advanced on the left side of Tskhinvali early in the morning on 8 August; the 3rd Brigade advanced on the right side.

The purpose of these actions was to advance to the north after capturing key positions. The Georgian troops would secure the Gupta bridge and the road to the Roki Tunnel , barring the Russian military from moving southward.

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Georgian forces started moving in the direction of Tskhinvali following several hours of bombardment and engaged South Ossetian forces and militia near the town at An attempt to take the village of Kvaysa from the west of South Ossetia by the Georgian special forces was thwarted by a unit of South Ossetian troops occupying reinforced posts and several Georgian fighters became wounded.

Georgian forces, among them special troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, entered Tskhinvali after taking the high points near the town. According to Kommersant , the column had begun moving towards South Ossetia at the same time as President Medvedev was giving a televised speech. In the afternoon of 9 August, Georgian effort to push into Tskhinvali was repulsed with Georgian losses and they withdrew. During the last attempt they were met with a serious counterattack, which Georgian officers described as "something like hell. A ceasefire was unilaterally announced on 10 August by Georgian authorities.

An aim to pull out Georgian troops from South Ossetia was stated by the Georgians. However, Russia did not embrace this truce offer.

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Russians did not admit that non-combatants were intentionally attacked. After Georgian troops had left Tskhinvali on 10 August, the Russians indiscriminately bombed the civilian areas in Gori on 11 August.

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A Georgian official said that the troops were ordered to secure Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Russian bombers attacked Gori on 12 August, [] killing a seven people and wounding over thirty. The air raids set the post office and the Gori University on fire. Russian military was warning during the march towards Gori on 13 August that they would not spare ethnic Georgian civilians in villages if the latter did not demonstrate signs of surrender. Escaping Georgians blamed Russian president Medvedev for their suffering because they, trusting Medvedev's statement on ceasefire, had remained in their homes before the Russian advance.

He also said that Russian troops would begin leaving Gori in two days. If Khrulyov had not contacted the General Staff during the war and received new order, the 58th Army would have taken Tbilisi. The humanitarian conditions in Gori by 16 August was assessed as "desperate" by the United Nations. Human Rights Watch HRW reported that following Russian takeover of Georgian areas, Georgians from Gori and the adjacent villages reported South Ossetian militias pillaging and assaulting Georgian properties and abducting civilians.

The occupation lasted until 22 August, when Russian troops departed and Georgian police re-entered the city. A naval confrontation occurred between Russian and Georgian vessels on 10 August. Abkhaz forces opened a second front by attacking the Kodori Gorge, held by Georgia. Although he claimed that Russians did not participate in the battle, Russian military traffic headed for the gorge was witnessed by an Associated Press correspondent.

Russian forces advanced into western Georgia from Abkhazia on 11 August. Russian troops captured the police buildings in Zugdidi in spite of earlier Russian official claims of not intending to expand assault to Georgia proper. Poti is the crucial seaport of Georgia on the Black Sea and serves as an essential entrance for Transcaucasia and the landlocked Central Asia.

However, Russia claimed it had only sent a task force for surveying the area. The Daily Telegraph described this bombing as "Russia's revenge". The war was accompanied by a media battle between Russia and Georgia. Russia also aired records on TV supporting its actions which had a strong effect on the local populations of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. For the first time, a Russian Armed Forces spokesman was provided by the Russian authorities to give TV interviews about the war. Despite these tactics and domestic success, the Russian information operation against Georgia was not successful internationally.

During the war, hackers attacked Georgian government and news websites and disabled host servers. On 12 August, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced the cessation of the " peace enforcement " operation in Georgia. The aggressor was punished, suffering huge losses. Georgia requested that the additions be parenthesised; Russia objected and Sarkozy prevailed upon Saakashvili to accept the agreement.

The plan embodied the following statutes dismissed additions are parenthesised: After the ceasefire was signed, hostilities did not immediately end. After meeting with the French president, Medvedev said the withdrawal depended on assurances that Georgia would not use force; [] Russian forces would withdraw "from the zones adjacent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia to the line preceding the start of hostilities".

However, a military withdrawal from South Ossetia and Abkhazia was not proclaimed.

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On 17 August, Medvedev announced that Russian military would start to pull out of Georgia the following day. A Georgian official said that although his country swapped five Russian soldiers for fifteen Georgians, among them two non-combatants, Georgia suspected that Russia kept two more Georgians. Withdrawals from Senaki and Khobi also took place. Russia continued to maintain a single station in the border village of Perevi.

On 12 December, Russian forces withdrew; eight hours later they re-entered the village and Georgian police withdrew after the Russians warned they would fire. On 9 September , Russia announced that Russian forces in South Ossetia and Abkhazia would remain under bilateral agreements with their respective de facto governments. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a Russian deployment in Abkhazia and South Ossetia would prove decisive in preventing Georgia from recovering territories. On 25 August , the Russian parliament passed a motion, with no one voting against. The motion called for the diplomatic recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by President Medvedev.

Russia sought approval for its recognition from the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. However, because of anxiety about secessionist areas in SCO states, especially in China, the organisation did not endorse recognition. According to UN mission head Johan Verbeke , about 60, ethnic Georgians in Abkhazia became vulnerable after the mission's end. The war was the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union that the Russian military had been used against an independent state, demonstrating Russia's willingness to wage an all-out military campaign to attain its political objectives.

The division between Western European and Eastern European nations also became apparent over the relationship with Russia. Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries received a clear message from the Russian leadership that the possible accession to NATO would cause a foreign incursion and the break-up of the country. Effective takeover of Abkhazia was also one of Russia's geopolitical goals. The war in Georgia showed Russia's assertiveness in revising international relations and undermining the hegemony of the United States.

Shortly after the war, Russian president Medvedev unveiled a five-point Russian foreign policy. The Medvedev Doctrine stated that "protecting the lives and dignity of our citizens, wherever they may be, is an unquestionable priority for our country". The presence of Russian citizens in foreign countries would form a doctrinal foundation for invasion. Medvedev's statement on the existence of territories with Russian "privileged interests" attached to them underlined Russia's particular stake in the Post-Soviet states and the fact that Russia would feel endangered by subversion of local Russia-friendly administrations.

Human Rights Watch HRW states that all parties to the war seriously breached international laws governing war and caused many fatalities among civilians. Georgia stated that its strikes only intended to "neutralize firing positions from where Georgian positions were being targeted". HRW documented witness accounts of the usage of civilian objects by South Ossetian fighters. Such usage made civilian objects permissible military aims, and HRW concluded that South Ossetian fighters put non-combatant population at risk by setting up military positions near or in civilian structures.

Georgia was responsible for the indiscriminate use of force by using inaccurate weapons to target military targets in civilian areas. Russia deliberately attacked fleeing civilians in South Ossetia and the Gori district of Georgia. Attacks by militias compelled Georgian civilians to run away. Georgia reportedly used cluster munitions twice to hit non-combatants escaping via the important Dzara road and confessed attacking Russian forces and the vicinity of the Roki Tunnel by cluster bombs. This impeded the comeback of 20, uprooted people after the conflict.

Russia accused Georgia of committing " genocide " in South Ossetia. Georgia and South Ossetia have filed complaints about alleged war crimes committed by the other side with international courts, including the International Criminal Court , [] the International Court of Justice , [] and the European Court of Human Rights. The war displaced a , people including both Ossetians and Georgians. Russian actions during the war were heavily criticised by several Western countries:. France and Germany took an intermediate position, abstaining from naming a guilty party: Georgia proclaimed on 12 August that it would quit the Commonwealth of Independent States , which it held responsible for not avoiding the war.

Its departure became effective in August According to academic Martin Malek, western countries did not feel it was necessary to aggravate tensions with Russia over "tiny and insignificant" Georgia. He wrote in the Caucasian Review of International Affairs that western policy makers did not want to alienate Russia because its support was necessary to solve "international problems". NATO increased its naval presence in the Black Sea significantly following the Russian invasion, with ships dropping anchors in Georgian ports, [] and according to the US Navy , bringing humanitarian assistance.

According to the Moscow Defence Brief , an English-language magazine published by the Russian non-governmental organisation the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies , the Georgian troops included the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Infantry Brigades, the Artillery Brigade, part of the 1st Infantry Brigade and the standalone Gori Tank Battalion. Additionally, special forces and Ministry of Internal Affairs troops were deployed. The total number of troops was 16, according to the magazine.

A sizeable portion of the Russian 58th Army, one of the foremost military units in Russia, was included in the Russian order of battle. United States officials said that "one of the few effective elements of the [Georgia]'s military" was air defence, with the analysts crediting the SA Buk-1M with shooting down a TupolevM bomber and contributing to the loss of some Sus. Georgia has said that its key deficiencies were ineffective communication during action and its lacking air strength. Its planes did not fly after the first few hours of contact.

Its navy was sunk in the harbor, and its patrol boats were hauled away by Russian trucks on trailers.


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