Developments in the Russian Georgian War
August 11, 2008
Russia conquered the City of Senaki which holds the largest military base of Georgia. The troops came from Abkhazia. But the Russians said, that they left Senaki after destroying the base. In the mean time the Russians closed in on the Georgian City of Gori which was a major build up point for the Georgian offensive against South Ossetia and already heavily bombarded by Russian air strikes. The Georgian troops are falling back to defend the capital. But Russia denies to have entered Gori. Since Gori is a key point in connecting Georgia’s west with Georgia’s east the country is cut in half. Georgian troops fled from Gori to defend the capital Tiblisi which is only 40 miles away.
I think its interesting that the Georgians try to avoid fighting inside the Cities. But urban combat is a way to compensate for the Russian advantage in heavy weapons. Fighting on open ground is a death sentence if you face an enemy with so many tanks and planes.
Russia claims that the US flew 800 Georgian troops from Iraq back to Georgia. Georgia had 2000 troops in Iraq to support the US occupation. After the US and Britain it was the third largest contingent in Iraq.
RussiaToday – citing the Israeli Newspaper Maariv – writes that the US is renting russian-made cargo planes from UTI Worldwide Inc. to transport weapons intended for US troops in Iraq to Georgia.