The war in South Ossetia: the armament of the Russian military was surprised by the Georgians

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on the night of 7 to 8 August 2008 Russian-Georgian military conflict (the”five day war” ended on the evening of August 12), in which South Ossetia and Abkhazia was separated from Georgia and are recognised by Russia as independent States. Since then, witnesses of combat actions, the participants from both sides talked about their experiences in the media.

Georgians felt about the Russian troops mixed feelings, still strong living memory of the recent Soviet past, when they lived in peace and friendship. Georgian military doctor, Colonel Lasha of Koiava who served in the hospital of Tskhinvali in an interview with “Radio Liberty” August 7, 2018, said that Russian regular troops were not afraid because “we were confident that savagery and brutality on their part will not be”; So then it turned out – Russian soldiers Georgians looted (as opposed to local anti-Georgian forces). And so Koiava said, “you Know, the perception was and is without any hatred, well, I would briefly describe as: they for their country fight, I for”.

In the perception of Heavy a conflict between two States does not turn into ethnic hatred, because Russian has long been well known in Georgia, Georgian and Russian citizens often communicate with each other, and reconciliation is just a matter of time. But the Georgian army and Russia contact rare. And so some of the habits and methods of struggle of the Russian army could not surprise the Georgians. Well, for example, that the Russian visiting Georgian barracks, for some reason, was wearing light Georgian military jackets (“New newspaper”, No. 60, 18.08.08). But this can be attributed to the desire to get a kind of trophy, or the lack of his light clothes in extreme heat is always useful.

What the Georgians really was not very clear, that is why the Russian troops, did not touch the property the civilian population was devastated by the Georgian military bases (and claimed that relatively quickly and can easily be restored). So, the head of the Georgian MIA Vano Merabishvili in an interview with the newspaper “Kommersant” (No 197, 29.10.2008) said: “the Russian military made a lot of property from our military bases. They took out “KAMAZ” bowls, beds, army boots. Took out the air conditioners, and only the part that is inside, and the outside has not been touched. Carried away computers, and only monitors…”

Then the part of the property of the Russian military themselves gave to the Georgians in exchange for booze and money – transactions carried out during the withdrawal of the Russian troops, under the mediation of the Georgian police. “I’m very surprised – said Merabishvili. – Because the salary of the Russian military rather big. But they stole the cheap stuff”.

That surprised (and Georgians, and military journalists from different sides) – not the best equipment of the Russian troops, and above all, the poor state of military equipment. Journalist Arkady Babchenko, who served once in Chechnya in the 58th army, told the same army he had seen in Georgia in 2008: “…the crowd untrained, broken appliances, hungry boys…”; “the Accident there was every kilometer. The road was lined with broken equipment, broken equipment, had an accident”.

General A. N. Khrulev admitted in interview “Bi-bi-si”: “Equipment, Yes, he was physically old. She was 15, 17, 20 years old, she passed two Chechen wars, but it was technically sound and equipped and personnel were trained on it to act. And the fact that the damage was so right, you do March to 370 kilometers, cars break down, too!”. Despite the arguments khruleva, from the Russian army in 2008 is still expected better technical equipment. The losses due to breakdowns was more than the loss of equipment as a result of resistance of Georgians (Russia lost 6 military aircraft, 3 tanks and 20 units of light military equipment).

by the Wayand, human losses of Russia too, not all inflicted by the Georgians. According to chief military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky, the Russian army lost 71 persons dead (19 of them died due to accident, careless handling of arms and “friendly fire”). The problem with the technique is then described and a former defense Minister Serdyukov: “During boyevy action we had every 20-30 kilometers to place of repair units to repair equipment, so she can move on.” In the composition of the armed forces of Russia in the “five day war” was even an ancient relic already tanks T-62 that belong more in a Museum than in the army.

But despite these shortcomings, the little Georgian army, of course, had no chance to stand against Russian. Already two days after the beginning of the conflict the combat-ready Georgian troops left. The road to Tbilisi was open and soon Russia have achieved their political goals in this war. After August 2008, both armies began to draw from the five-day war lessons and improve their armed forces, and the citizens of Georgia and Russia embarked on a difficult path of reconciliation.

Konstantin Dmitriev

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