The World talks about the 2008 war
08 August, 2018
The World talks about the 2008 war
On the tenth anniversary of the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia, 20% of Georgia continues to be occupied by Russian military forces who also seem intent of further encroachment on Georgian territory. The Guardian, Deutsch Welle, NBC news and Euronews have published articles about the war and its aftermath.

As Tamar Beruchashvili has stated to the Guardian, in addition to the Russian aggression in 2008 and the creeping encroachment, Russia has blocked international and humanitarian access to the occupied regions of Abkhazia
and South Ossetia . Apart from violating human rights, hundreds of Georgia remain displaced and attempting to visit their properties, churches or cemetery within these regions is sometimes life threatening.
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Russian’s invasion and presence along the border areas in Georgia are menacing signs that Russia may also redraw European borders by force. The situation in Georgia requires wider international engagement in order to defend common principles and values. For more information, here

Deutsche Welle tells the story of a farmer Ilya Bervashvili from a village near the occupational line. Some of the farmer’s land has already been lost by the movement of the boundary line. He is very stressed due to the continuous presence of Russian soldiers who patrol just behind his land.

The conflict’s boundary lines are fairly stable report EU Monitoring observers, but sometimes the boundary moves overnight and villagers have to flee without any warning. Also as armed personnel are very close to each other,on different sides of the line, the EU monitors have to keep close observation 24/7.
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"This is my piece of Georgia, this is my section of my home country, I will not give even one step, one drop away to anyone. As long I am alive, the boots of Russian soldiers won't touch the ground here.” – says, farmer Ilya Bervashvili. For more information, here

NBC news emphasizes how Russia ignored Washington’s warnings and deepened creeping encroachment on Georgia. Russia has not withdrawn troops from the occupied provinces but instead has hardened the border. The boundaries have already divided the communities of 3.7 million Georgias of 3.7 million who hope in future to join NATO.

Only Russia, Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua and the Pacific island nation of Nauru recognize the occupied territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states. Everyone else — including the U.S. and its allies — see the occupations as a violation of international law.
Unfortunately, Georgians can do nothing to stop Russia, Russians do not care, they do whatever they want. Even the west is powerless to stop the creeping encroachment. Putin clearly stated that Russia will act appropriately if Georgia joins NATO. Some criticize the Georgian government for not being more active in relation to the problem.
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Meanwhile, one Georgians Davit Katsarava has established an organization to help people along the border region. He uses social media to promote interest in his cause. For more information, here

As the expert George Mchedlishvili told Euronews, if Europe had reacted adequately to Russia’s aggression towards Georgia in 2008, the world may have prevented the conflict in Ukraine. Russia it appears can violate international law with impunity. The article follows the roots and outcomes of the conflict between Russia and Georgia. Russia did not like Georgia’s ambitions to join NATO and the European Union. Fighting broke out between Georgian troops and separatist forces in early August 2008 but it was the launching of a concerted air and ground campaign by Georgia on South Ossetia's main city, Tskhinvali, that triggered the war on the evening of August 7-8. Russia’s troops entered South Ossetia, claiming they wanted to aid the citizens.
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Although, the risk of renewed conflict between the countries is low, Russia may use creeping encroachment to raise tensions and to influence Georgian politics and society. There are regular kidnappings and murders along the borderline. Georgians are not interested in the conflict, all the triggers are in Russia’s hands. For more information, here

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