Russian MiG 29 shot down Georgian drone. The armed conflict in South Ossetia (2008)

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Georgian UAV (production of the Israeli Hermes 450), invading someone else’s territory, was shot down over South Ossetia in 2008.

Russian MiG 29 shot down Georgian drone

The armed conflict in South Ossetia  — the armed conflict that occurred in August 2008 between Georgia on one side, and the self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and Russia on the other.

The situation in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict began to escalate from the end of July — beginning of August. Active operations began on the night of August 8, when Georgia was subjected to massive shelling the capital of South Ossetia, after which attempted to establish control over South Ossetia. On August 8 the President of Russia announced the beginning of «operation peace enforcement» in the conflict zone. In the region were introduced considerable Russian forces. Within a few days the Russian troops, jointly with South Ossetian armed groups ousted the Georgian troops from South Ossetia, and also in interaction with the Abkhaz forces from the Kodori gorge in Abkhazia, temporarily occupying several adjacent to areas of conflict regions of Georgia.

The fighting lasted until 12 August. From 14 to 16 August the presidents of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia and Russia signed a plan of peaceful settlement of the conflict. The five-day war had significant geopolitical, economic and other consequences. So, on August 26, Russia officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent States. September 2, Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia. Slowed down the process of Georgia’s accession to NATO.

Georgian and South Ossetian troops were shooting and fire raids of varying intensity since the end of July 2008. On the evening of 7 August, the parties agreed about ceasefire, however, have in fact not been done.

In the night of 7 to 8 August 2008 (0:06), Georgian forces began heavy shelling in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinval(I) and surrounding areas. After a few hours was followed by the storming of the city by the forces of the Georgian armored vehicles and infantry. The official reason for the attack on Tskhinvali, according to Georgian side, was the violation of the ceasefire from the side of South Ossetia, which, in turn, argues that the first fire was started by Georgia.

August 8, 2008 (14:59) to the conflict on the side of South Ossetia has officially joined Russia as part of the operation forced the Georgian side to peace, August 9, 2008 — Abkhazia in the framework of the agreement on military assistance between the members of the Commonwealth of unrecognized States. 12 August 2008 Russia officially announced the successful end of the operation forced the Georgian authorities to peace, 13 August 2008 Abkhazia officially announced the completion of the operation to oust Georgian troops from Kodori gorge, after which active hostilities ended.

From 14 August to 16 August 2008 the leaders of the States involved in military action signed a plan for a peaceful settlement of the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict (the»Plan Medvedev — Sarkozy»).

Russian MiG 29 shot down Georgian drone.
Russian MiG 29 shot down Georgian drone.
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