Ministry of Defense of Georgia and Russia to hide the truth about the war in South Ossetia - experts CAST

Ministry of Defense of Russia and Georgia do not speak the whole truth about the war in South Ossetia in August 2008, say the authors of a collection of essays “The tanks of August”, published by the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST). “This study details the progress of the first” official “armed conflict between Russia and one of the former Soviet republics” - Kommersant reports.

“Tanks of August” are divided into three parts. The first is devoted to the reform of the Georgian army to “five-day war. Second - middle - a detailed chronology of hostilities. In the third part refers to the military development of Georgia after the defeat.

In the supplementary material describes the losses of the parties and equipping the Russian military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The authors argue that the decision to launch Operation Clean Field ‘Georgian leadership has taken a minimum of 6 August, and not on the night of August 8 in response to the “invasion” of Russian troops in South Ossetia through the Roki Tunnel, according to official Tbilisi. At the same time in the CAST study argues that the introduction of Russia Defense Ministry units (battalion tactical group of 693rd and 135 th regiments of the 19 th Infantry Division) in the republic began two hours after the start of a night bombardment of Tskhinvali by the Georgian army. Kommersant wrote that the official version of the Defense Ministry, troops entered South Ossetia until the morning of August 8. However, as noted in the study, the number of Russian troops throughout this brief military campaign does not exceed the number of Georgian troops. At the time of active hostilities on both sides were involved in approximately 10 thousand troops, so that about any numerical superiority of Russia, according to experts, there can be no question.

The study was compiled an unofficial list of losses Russian troops in this war, which corresponds to the data the Ministry of Defense …

4 December 2009 | capabilities, data, information, listings, ministry of defense, war in south ossetia

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