«Russian troops moved painfully slowly in Georgia», — fantasy world of an American journalist (PHOTOS, VIDEO, INFOGRAPHICS)

«Russian troops moved painfully slowly in Georgia», — fantasy world of an American journalist (PHOTOS, VIDEO, INFOGRAPHICS) | Русская весна

«Russian Spring» ends up its series dedicated to The Week’s propaganda piece «How a Russia vs. NATO war would really go down».

Its author – Kyle Mizokami, ethnic Japanese living in San-Francisco (USA) ensures his readers that modern Russia is “just a shadow of former Soviet Union” and it can hardly be NATO’s rival.

In the first part of our analysis we refuted Mizokami’s allegations concerning Russian army’s dire financial situation and the second part was dedicated to debunking his lies about Russian armed forces’ poor performance in Chechnya.

In the third and the final part of our analysis we will prosect a laughable Mizokami’s claim that «Russian ground forces were painfully slow in Georgia». Again, we speak about peace enforcement operation in 2008 which started August 8th and was successfully ended August 12 th.

Five-day war

It is important to mention that the war waged by then Tbilisi regime was a continuation of massive American-Georgian military training «Immediate Response — 2008», so everything which was performed by the Georgian military was in accordance with a pre-planned scenario.

General Staff of Russian Armed Forces had to make decisions and act in real time mode. Which means that Georgian army command had distinc advantage in that aspect. 

But despite active participation of the American military advisers, despite all the informational and technical support from a range of Western countries Tbilisi could not take the advantage.

Georgia’s political and military command and «Military Professional Resources Incorporates» advisers (the American company which contracted with Saakashvili’s* presidential administration and has been preparing military operation and training the Georgian military for several years; they occupied the whole floor in Georgian MoD building) clearly did not expect Russia’s prompt response on the ground, in the sea and in the air.

Despite fourteen hours of artillery preparation fire accompanied by aistrikes the Georgian troops have not completed their assigned mission: their tanks could make it into Tskhinval but could not exploit a strike.

At that moment Russian Air Forces were already striking Vaziani, one of the two Georgian airbases located 25 km away from Tbilisi. Black Sea port town Poti, Senaki village and Georgian artillery positions near Gori were hit early in the morning of the 9th of August.

Not to dwell on conflict chronicle which can be found in open sources it is worth to mention that the Russian Armed Forces proved their combat superiority, tactics and martial spirit in August 2008.

Just think of Tbilisi losing all its battle ships in Black Sea water zone in Poti in just one day of efficient combat actions of the Russian military. 

A cherry on top was Saakashvili’s shameful escape from Gori when he heard something vaguely resembling Russian planes’ roaring on August 11th .

What experts said

Aviation and artillery, tank troops and mechanised infantry acted in coordination avoiding civilian casualties. Medical units, supply and combat support units have also showed perfect coordination having provided efficient logistic support of the advanced forces.

«It is believed that the Western armies are the most mobile. This myth was debunked. And the Georgian army was served a lesson of why blind imitation of Western practices didn’t work», — Ruslan Pukhov, military expert of «Weapon export» magazine sums up.

His Western colleagues agreed. Christina Mckenzie of “Ares” defence blog says that recurring rhetoric on low training level and inefficiency of the Russian army allegedly shown during peace enforcement operation in Georgia «are intended to calm Eastern Europe allies who have shown major concern with Russia’s propmt reaction to Georgia’s unexpected attack to South Ossetia».

According to her, «Georgian army trained by the Americans was defeated in course of one week after invasion atttempt. But if Russian army is so outdated as it’s said to be what can be said about American training quality for Georgian military».

This and the other arguments may be found in the article called «Five reasons why Georgia lost the August war» in Spanish Eurasia Review — and that’s just one of many publications where Western experts admit that Russian army has turned out to be a cut above Georgian one stuffed with American money and advisers.

And finally to nuclear weapons

Author’s concerns about Moscow using nuces which he ends his propaganda piece with may be reasonable. Because Russian nuclear armory is huge enough to destroy Western civilization.

To cut the story short it is to underline that The Week’s article is important not because of its allegations and reasoning which are far from reality as we’ve just seen.

This article (and the similar pieces) are worth attention only because it draws gobal conflict between Russia and the West nearer and makes Amercian and European audeicence falsely believe that Russia and its “weak army” are easy to win.

Under this context decisive and successful performance of the Russian Air Forces in Syria serve not only fine advertisement to the Russian weapon but also a warning to the West not to drown too deep in impunity illsions.

“Russian Spring” expert group


* president of Georgia at that time, now Ukrainian Odessa region governor

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