Friday, August 08, 2008

Russia vs Georgia

When I first saw the headline I thought it was referencing the Olympics, but apparently Russia and Georgia are pretty much at war with each other. Did anyone else know that? I sure didn't.

In case you don't want to click on the link, Georgia gained independence from Russia in the 90's when the USSR broke up, and as part of the breakup the province Ossetia was internationally recognized as part of Georgia. However, most Ossetians would rather be part of Russia than part of Georgia, and most actually hold Russian citizenship. Ossetian separatists have been using violence to make their point, Georgia's been using its own military to strike back, and Russia has vowed to defend Russian citizens.

As of this morning there are Russian ground vehicles in Georgian territory, and Russia has been performing air strikes on Georgian military bases. Georgia, for its part, claims to have shot down several Russian planes and is actively fighting back.

Could get worse before it gets better.

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