The Russo-Georgian War was a war between Georgia, Russia and the Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The war took place in August 2008 following a period of worsening relations between Russia and Georgia, both formerly constituent republics of the Soviet Union. The fighting took place in the strategically important Transcaucasia region. It was regarded as the first European war of the 21st century.
The Republic of Georgia declared its independence in early 1991 as the Soviet Union began to fall apart. Amidst this backdrop, a war between Georgia and separatists left parts of the former South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast under the de facto control of Russian-backed but internationally unrecognized separatists. Following the war, a joint peacekeeping force of Georgian, Russian, and Ossetian troops was stationed in the territory.
With the situation wosening in the Baltic region and a refugee crisis the UN and NATO forces have agreed to step in. This will no doubt spur the displeasure of the Russians---but it is felt that no other choice can be had. The displacement of civilians caught in the conflict has already spead to mainland Europe and is overwealming their ability to cope.
Georgian military advisors have agreed to 'cede' the base at BATUMI to the UN and NATO for evacuation and resupply purposes---it is the latter provision that the Russians have taken issue with. The Russians suspect that the real reason for the buildup is to take sides with the Georgian rebel forces. The situation is very dangerous...calmer heads to this point, have not prevailed.
"Good morning, Captain. As you can see the flight line is quite active today. You are slotted to escort the C-47 on its route towards waypoint 2. UZI flight will be departing shortly and escorting the C-130 that has just taken off.
The situation on the sea is turning dangerous and in a quick hurry. Multiple targets have been sighted and an armed Russian naval group is steaming towards Batumi at this moment. We will do everything we can to diffuse the situation, however we will not allow our flights to be compromised and we will defend our convoy with the full force of our capabilities."
"You are clear for start-up and taxi to the runway. Good luck Marine"
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