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Georgian Experience For Ukraine

13.08.2014 12:00

Ilya Panfilov

Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in a recent phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petr Poroshenko that Tbilissi was ready to join the international humanitarian mission for Ukraine's southeast.

Margvelashvili discussed regional security issues with Poroshenko, emphasizing that he was closely monitoring the events in Ukraine. In particular, the importance of coordinated actions of Georgia and Ukraine in their foreign policy before the September summit of NATO in Wales was noticed.

Georgian president also mentioned that "In the past Georgia had also come under aggression and is able to understand the difficult situation in which Ukraine is now."

"Aggression", mentioned by Margvelashvili, is obviously the so-called "Five-Day War" of 2008, when Georgian troops attempted to capture South Ossetia by armed force under orders from President Mikheil Saakashvili.

As a result of the Georgian attack more than 1,600 people were killed, another 1,500 were wounded. At that time Georgian authorities were accused of genocide, and the Russian government was forced to intervene and conduct a military operation of peace enforcement.

August 16, 2008, a few days after the invasion of Georgian troops, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the peace plan of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, which was also signed by the presidents of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Since the events of August, 8, 2008, the Georgian authorities has never stopped blaming Russia for the war. Tbilisi even officially announced the breakdown of diplomatic relations with Moscow. However, after the end of Saakashvili's presidency, the Georgian authorities changed their policy and began to restore relations with Russia.

Recently, the Georgian authorities even announced Saakashvili wanted due to his involvement in a number of criminal cases of corruption, abuse of power, etc. The main accusation for the ex-president, who is hiding in the United States, was inciting the "Five-Day War" as announced by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on the sixth anniversary of the tragic events. According to Garibashvili, the Georgian nation is still feeling the effects of the war. "August War" was over as quickly as it had begun, but the victims of the actions of the former president and his entourage can't be returned.

Six years later, the world is watching what is happening in Ukraine. The protracted political crisis and large-scale fighting in the south-east of the country has led to a humanitarian catastrophe.

The death toll of the Ukrainian military, civilians and militiamen since the beginning of the armed conflic is more than a few thousand, and the number of refugees to Russia is 730 thousand.

Ukrainian authorities act on the principle of "victory at all costs." The country declared mobilization. Young people are being sent to war without the necessary training and equipment. Many of them defect from the army or take the side of the militiamen.

It has taken the Georgian nation six long years to recognize the error of their former leader, who is now waiting for the court. Nobody knows how long will it take the Ukrainians. Perhaps they will pay attention to the sad experience of Georgia and stop the bloodshed.