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“Vostok”: scared Georgians flee2010-08-11 16:18
The history of small but brave South Ossetia will always bear the memory of five black days when Georgian militaries, mercenaries from Ukraine's UNO-UNSO nationalist group and Western "military specialists" started methodic extermination of the whole nation. Hitting a wily blow on the post of Russian peacekeepers the murderers moved deeper into Tskhinval thinking that the victory will be easy with sleeping civilians as their prey. But they were waited for: first by Ossetian militiamen, then by two regiments of Vostok special battalion. Very soon Mikheil Saakashvili had to accept peace enforcement.
As early as in April 2008 UNO-UNSO leader Igor Mazur announced that the activists of his group were ready to leave for Tbilisi to help the Georgian president "preserve territorial integrity". Like in 1990s, the time of Chechen campaigns when his courageous guys were jumping from mountain to mountain messing around with Wahhabites and getting beaten by Russian Federal troops. The short-sighted statement by the Ukrainian nationalist leader perfectly shows that Clean Field operation was planned by Georgia for a long time.
There was Military Professional Resources Incorporated on Saakashvili's side failing to prepare young Georgian guys for Mishiko's blitzkrieg. On the South Ossetian side there was truth. There arrived Chechens to protect Ossetians together with Russia. Secessionists in the past and combat experts, they came over to the Federal troops.
Sulim Yamadayev, Vostok battalion commander, hero of the Russian Federation, repeated the story that Georgians were fleeing not his battalion, but the rumors that Chechens are coming. Yana Amelina, military correspondent, spent a day with the soldiers of the battalion. GeorgiaTimes asked her to tell what kind of people they are.
You spent some time with Vostok battalion. Are they real hell-raisers as people think?
- No, they are not, but if you mean real fighters, the dogs of war - they certainly are.
What can you say about Sulim Yamadayev as a commander? Does he justify the title of the Hero of Russia?
- Beyond any doubt late Sulim Yamadayev (killed by unknown persons on March 28,2009 in Dubai, the UAE - author) had a divine gift of command. He is a born military man, soldiers would listen to him unquestionably. It's a pity his career in the Russian armed forces ended so tragically. Sulim's personal characteristics arouse respect - he is a genuine fighter.