Russia invades Georgian Territory
August 10, 2008
The South Ossetian situation seems to be a disaster for Georgia. Russia seems to use this war as a pretext to not only force the Georgians out of South Ossetia but even to enter Georgian territory outside of the disputed regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Abkhazian Separatists use the situation and try to free the Kodori gorge. One of the last parts of Abkhazia hold by Georgian troops. Georgian troops have pulled back from South Ossetia to organise the defences of Georgia. But they still seem to hold parts of the South Ossetian de-facto capital Taskhinvalli.
Russia already attacked the important pipeline running through Georgia. But they did not destroy it (its still not operable because of an attack by Kurds in Turkey). But Russia also blocks the Black Sea access of Georgia. The Oil export via Georgia was halted. The vital position for exporting Caucasian Oil is one of the main factors why the west even bothers about the conflict. The US tries to use diplomatic power against Russia. But this is of course a useless step.
Officially Russia is not at war with Georgia and so the Navy blockade is "Navy Blockade"
I think this is actually a big big failure for the US and NATO. Because they simply do nothing except for watching Georgian Forces being smashed by the Russians. This is an example for other countries. Georgia is too far away and NATO is too weak and to busy with Afghanistan. (Which is another disgrace for the US/NATO). btw. Russia is claiming that they captured some US mercenaries helping the Georgians.
But one thing is pretty interesting. The Russians were able to deploy more than 10,000 Soldiers over the boarder in two days. This is no easy task and needs planing. Even if you have plans for such a situation it needs time to get your logistics intact.