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Saakashvili’s tin soldiers

2011-08-15 13:19

Saakashvili’s tin soldiers. 20813.jpegA devastating defeat of the vaunted Georgian army hit a heavy blow to Mikheil Saakashvili. All these three years Saakashvili has been shuffling commanders investing enormous budgets into fit-out of his loyal soldiers and begging the West for weapons. According to expert estimations, presently Georgia is not just recovered: its military potential has been greatly increased and is likely to push Mishiko to new adventures like the one he undertook in August 2008.


"To raise the army to its feet" was the slogan Mikheil Saakashvili chose after the lesson the Russian 58th army taught his rambos.

At first there was chaos. Mishiko started shuffling his security officials. Defense minister David Siharulidze submitted resignation stating he had been pressed by the dominant United National Movement party. Then came the time of chiefs of the Joint Staff. Vladimir Chachibaya was dismissed only 4 months after having being appointed. "This correction is needed to improve armed forces management, - Saakashvili told then. - I am convinced that new programs must be implemented to take our army to a practically new level".

Time went by but new programs did not appear in the Georgian army. It was the time of active weaponization of soldiers and officers. In 2009 it was reported that Ukraine was shipping heavy armor, air-defense facilities, small arms, state-of-the-art systems of radar surveillance and Grad multiple launch rocket systems to Georgia.

Curiously enough, friendly assistance was sometimes in prejudice of Ukraine's national interests. Valery Konovalyuk, head of the deputy commission of inquiry at Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine told that shipments to Sakartvelo were made at a loss for Ukraine: the arms sales amounted to USD 2.5 bn and only USD 200 mln reached the country's budget. "Practically new items are withdrawn from service and get sold to Georgia. As a result, we see half of the equipment that is not ready for hostilities at the time of the military parade in Kiev", - he remarked.

Later, Mishiko's friends from Israel joined in arming Georgian soldiers. The Russian services learned about Tel-Aviv's intentions to supply the Georgian army with huge lots of small arms and ammunition: 50 thousand AKS-74 submachine guns, nearly one thousand RPG-7 grenade launchers supplemented by nearly 20 thousand grenades and nearly 15 thousand 5,56 mm assault rifles.

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