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Military operations in Georgia – debriefing2008-10-30 09:48
The war is over. Both Georgian and Ossetian refugees are coming back to their homes doing their best to forget the August events as a nightmare. They don't care who and why started the war and what mistakes were made in the course of the military operation. War experts that criticized combat capabilities of both armies tried to answer these questions.
At first BBC published Jane's Strategic Advisory Services investigation results. The analysts report that the Russian army will not be able to overcome a stronger opponent than the military forces of Georgia. Before that while discussing "Georgia before August, in August and after August" topic Georgian military experts concluded that the military operations were characterized by poor organization and that the country had literally thrown "billions mobilized in the defense budget" into air. It comes to mind that after the August events in Georgia both parties declared their victory in the military operation.
It's a paradox but Mikhail Saakashvili persists in convincing his people that Georgia has won in spite of everything. One of his arguments is that the army has suffered fewer losses than the opponent. Even the most important deprival - legal loss of Abkhazia and South Ossetia - has not convinced Saakashvili of the defeat. Meanwhile yesterday Georgian military experts were extremely severe discussing the August operation.
So Koba Liklikadze, a military expert, is reproaching the authorities of having surrendered the Kodorskoye gorge without a battle.
The fact that the Georgian troops abandoned the gorge without a fight was confirmed to GHN agency by Badri Bitsadze, the Head of Department for Border Control of Georgia.
Another Georgian military expert Irakly Sesyashvili accuses the authorities of non transparent military reform going underway that eventually led to the defeat. In his opinion, the August defeat was also determined by wrong HR policy that had been implemented by the Ministry of Defense since 2004.
Koba Liklikadze states that the mistakes of the authorities are explained by poor organization. According to him the zone of conflict was in complete information vacuum for both the journalists and the army, and Georgia's supreme authorities deliberately disseminated false information.
Though as the saying goes success is never blamed after the war in Georgia foreign experts toughly criticized the qualification of the Russian military forces.