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Mobile phones ruined the Georgian army2008-11-01 10:46
It results from the statement of Chief of the Joints Staff of GAF Zaza Gogava at the meeting of Provisional Parliament Committee for August events inspection.
"Mobile communication was not banned and that affected the soldiers negatively, - Gogava said. - No use of mobile phones can be allowed during the military operations. They demoralize and make soldiers relax. Servicemen exchanged information by cellular phones and mentioned their locations".
According to the Chief of the Joint Staff before the August war two suicides were registered in the army mainly after the soldiers learned of their private problems by mobile phones. During the war mobile communication played a low-down trick on the Georgian army. General Gogava decided not to specify that with its help the divisions who fled from the field of battle raised panic throughout the army. Apparently he wanted to save the Committee's patriotic sentiment.
Though mobile phones operated perfectly military communication turned out a failure. Gogava pointed out that although Georgia had had the state-of-the art communication system from America called "Harris" its full use was problematic. First of all because the system is complicated and was not completely mastered. Besides it became clear that the sophisticated American equipment operated unstably in the mountainous area. As a result the captured "Harris" master terminal is now exhibited in the Museum of Military forces of Russia in Moscow.
Over with the communication issues the committee turned to the aviation.
"I declare with full responsibility that Georgian airplanes have not dropped bombs over Tskhinval", - Gogava stated.
And in fact it is true. For 5 August days Tskhinval underwent one attempted air attack. On August 11 a Georgian attack plane Su-25 that attempted to bombard the positions of the Russian troops was shot down in Eredwi village area. He did not reach 5 kilometers to Tskhinval.
"Why is Tskhinval under ruin? Because the city was under fire of the Russian military forces for two days, air attacks were used as well".
«The same was confirmed at the debriefing by the Commander of Peacemaking Forces of Georgia Mamuka Kurashvili adding a rather convincing formulation: "I saw it with my own eyes". We are left to wonder how this wasn't noticed by both Russian soldiers and Tskhinval residents.