Disinfo: Russo-Georgian War was provoked by foreign special services

Summary

Why do you think no one can still state with 100% accuracy who started the war in August 2008? Because in reality no one knows who fired first, and there is a reasonable assumption that this was done by foreign special services and then uncontrolled processes began.

Disproof

Unfounded pro-Kremlin disinformation trying to deny any Russian responsibility for the Russo-Georgian war, portraying Russia as a peacemaker and blaming the West for the war which resulted in the further occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by additional military forces from Russia.

Many international organisations condemned the further occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, see e.g. the CSCE statement here, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia here and the European Parliament's declaration.

The EU's independent investigative commission into the 2008 Russia-Georgian war confirmed that Russia had been provoking Georgia for a long time and "Much of the Russian military action went far beyond the reasonable limits of defence."

Currently, Russia occupies 20% of Georgia's territory, 14 years after the Russo-Georgian War, and continues to breach its international obligations by consolidating its control in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

See related disinformation claims here.

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  • Reported in: Issue 272
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 16/02/2022
  • Article language(s) Georgian
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Georgia, Russia
  • Keywords: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Russo-Georgian War, Secret services, West

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Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative portraying the Ukrainian leadership as pathologically Russophobic and bent on subjecting the country's Russian-speaking population to "genocide."

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Disproof

This is part of an ongoing disinformation campaign aiming to deflect any Russian responsibility for the escalation of tensions with Ukraine as a result of Russia’s military buildup on the border. See our article The Kremlin’s Playbook: Fabricating Pretext to Invade Ukraine - More Myths.

Contrary to the claim, neither the US nor companies based there have been pushing for war in Ukraine. In fact, it is Russia who, since late October 2021, has been preparing for a military operation, including the deployment of as many as 190,000 troops, incl on occupied Crimea as well as certain specialised military units, electronic warfare systems and heavy-armoured vehicles. Despite Russian denials, this has been proven by satellite images and intelligence from the US, Ukraine and NATO, among other countries and institutions. While the European Union remains committed to maintaining dialogue with Russia, as HRVP Josep Borrell said in a letter sent to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov in mid-February, it has also stated that it will be standing firmly and decisively with Ukraine in front of any attempt to undermine its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

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