Georgia launches military offensive in South Ossetia, Russia retaliates

The Greek city states were believed to have stopped wars to conduct the ancient Olympic Games. Now, as the 2008 Beijing Olympics gets underway, a new war has started 😦

A map of Georgia showing the breakaway regions of South Ossetia (Yugo-Osetinskaya) and Abkhazia . . .


South Ossetia and Abkhazia are breakaway republics of Georgia that have had de-facto independence after bloody armed conflicts in the early Nineties. Both are backed by Russia and most of their citizens have Russian passports as South Ossetia and Abkhazia are not recognised internationally.

Georgia’s President – Mikheil Saakashvili, had ordered a military offensive to seize control of the region. Georgian forces took several villages and entered the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, that has reportedly been devastated in the campaign and more than a thousand civilians are feared dead 😯

A Grad multiple rocket launcher being used by the Georgian forces . . .

Image: AFP/Getty Images

In response, Russian tanks, backed by aerial support from fighter jets, rolled into South Ossetia to protect Russian citizens from the Georgian assault. Russian troops were fighting the Georgians on the outskirts of Tskhinvali. The conflict is all set to escalate with Georgia’s other breakaway region, Abkhazia, preparing to open another front in the conflict. The two regions have a mutual defence pact.

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Thousands of volunteers, mainly from the Russian Republic of North Ossetia-Alania have signed up to fight against the Georgian forces in South Ossetia. North Ossetia and South Ossetia have strong ties. The conflict may escalate into a full-fledged war between Georgia and Russia 😐

Georgia has immediately called back its 2,000 troops stationed in Iraq as a part of the occupation forces. A good move, as Georgian troops (and other occupation forces) have no right to be in Iraq in the first place!

Condoleezza Rice has called for Russian troops to withdraw from South Ossetia and respect Georgia’s territorial integrity. This is outrageous, coming as it does from an administration that has scant respect for international law, human rights and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries! People who talk of things like “bombing a country back to the Stone Age” and “having all options (read as armed aggression and occupation) on the table” and their allies (read as shameless stooges) around the world would do well to shut up and keep their hands off this conflict!

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6 Responses to Georgia launches military offensive in South Ossetia, Russia retaliates

  1. vishesh says:

    is this the first sign of new wars?we should fill the cracks before they develop….

  2. Xav says:

    Russia is showing two things.
    1) It will defend its poeple
    2)It has an area of influence and no one including the US is allowed to mess within this area.

  3. nona says:

    nobody INCLUDING RUSSIA is allowed to mess in this area.

    Russians have bombed the cities that are very far away from South Osetia. peaceful population are dieing by Russian bombers here.

    gori, zugdidi, marneuli, ajara, lots pf other places, away for hundreds of kilometers from the conflict area are bombed yesterday and today in the morning.

    And they are doing these things for years by now. Every day Osetians, encouraged by Russian so called “piecekeepers” were shooting against georgian villages and blockposts.

    So tell me now… who is aggressor?

    The last minute news are that Russian army is going to attack zugdidi in next couple of hours!!!!!!

  4. axinia says:

    thank you for this objective report.

  5. Vishesh,

    Thanks! 🙂 War is one of the greatest perils of our times 😦

    Merci beaucoup, mon ami! 🙂 You are right, the US government thinks it can mess with any country in the world. Obviously, Russia is too strong a country to tolerate such nonsense from the Bush administration.

    თქვენი წყალობით, ჩემი მეგობარი! 🙂

    I feel very sad for those who lost their lives and for those who were wounded in the war, be they South Ossetians or Georgians or Russians 😦

    But your President, Mikheil Saakashvili, is the person who started this war by ordering Georgian troops to seize control of South Ossetia. And why did Saakashvili send Georgian troops to Iraq (against the wishes of many Georgians) as a part of George W. Bush’s “coalition of the killing”? 😡 Is that not armed aggression? Is that not occupation of a country with which Georgia does not even share a boundary?
    Аксиния (Axinia),

    пожалуйста приветствуйтесь, мой друг! 🙂
    протезирование зубов,

    спасибо, мой друг! 🙂

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