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Russia has delayed the deployment of troops in South Ossetia in 2008, due to confusion. In addition, there was no operational link and it was not possible to adequately assess the situation, said in an interview with “Moskovsky Komsomolets”, the first commander of the armed forces of the Republic Oleg Teziev.
“Call from Tskhinvali to Moscow. There is no answer. Call to Rostov. There is also a call to Moscow. And call from Vladikavkaz to Moscow. And Moscow is silent. The Georgians chose the moment when the operations division of the Ministry of defense was moved from one building to another,” he said.
Because of this, according to Teziev, General Anatoly Khrulev heading at the moment the 58th army, had to take responsibility for themselves and to send troops. “I know that he acted at their own risk. The state machine is moved only 8, closer to the evening,” said Teziev.
The armed conflict in South Ossetia began on the night of 8 August 2008, the Georgian army shelling of Tskhinvali and attempted to establish control over the Republic. At the moment in the conflict zone was 500 Russian peacekeepers. By day, Dmitry Medvedev, held the post of President of Russia, announced the start of operations in the Republic, after which the region was introduced by the Russian troops.
According to the defense Ministry, announced in February 2009, during the conflict killed 64 Russian servicemen, 283 were wounded. The publication “Military review” reported that the loss of the Russian peacekeeping battalion were 10 people killed and two missing. Many of those who were in the town peacekeepers were injured varying degrees of severity.
From 14 to 16 August, the leaders of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia signed a plan for a peaceful settlement of the situation. Some time later, Moscow officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent States, and Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia.
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