Ukraine War Unsettles Proxies in Russia’s Backyard

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Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 in many ways served as a template and further incentive for the Ukraine war. In the wake of the 2003 Rose Revolution, the country had been moving toward the Western orbit, a trend that culminated in a promise of eventual NATO membership during the now-infamous 2008 Bucharest Summit. The ultimate decision to invade came after Georgian armed forces moved on troops in South Ossetia – a Russia-backed and ethnically distinct enclave that fought several wars of independence with Tbilisi following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The war lasted just three days and ended in total defeat for Georgia, with the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia remaining de facto independent to the present day.

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