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Russia and Georgia Cross Border Conflict: 2008

In August 2008, Russia and Georgia took part in a conflict over the status of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia. By the end of the war, between 25,000 and 30,000 Russian troops had been deployed to Georgia as well as over 1,000 pieces of armor and heavy artillery and up to 200 fixed wing aircraft and 40 helicopters. At least 13 vessels of the Black Sea Fleet, including the flagship guided missile cruiser “Moskva”, were also deployed along the Georgian coast. In addition, over 10,000 Abkhaz and South Ossetian militia troops were involved in the conflict. Imagery of multiple sites in Georgia and Russia was acquired to analyze the hostilities. This work formed part of a project on studying border conflict made possible by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. Read more at

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