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Russia sends more troops to Abkhazia to counter what it says are Georgia's plans for an attack. A UN investigation concludes that the drone shot down on April 21 was struck by a missile from a Russian fighter jet. Russia sends several hundred unarmed troops to Abkhazia, saying they are needed for railway repairs. Georgia accuses Russia of planning a military intervention. South Ossetian separatists begin attacking Georgian peacekeepers, ending a ceasefire. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili sends troops into South Ossetia. Russia responds by moving its troops to the border, flying aircraft over Georgia, and beginning air strikes in South Ossetia. The United States, Great Britain and NATO call for a cease fire of military hostilities by both Russia and Georgia. A delegation of EU and US diplomats head to Georgia to resolve escalating tensions."
"The encirclement of Russia — in particular the expansion of NATO membership to Ukraine and Georgia — became central tenets of post-Soviet American policy, and for the ascendent Neoconservatives the break-up of the Russian federation was the ultimate stated goal.
Even as American political groups backed reformist parties in Russian elections, Putin emerged as a powerful and popular President of Russia in large measure due to his steadfast opposition to the continuing humiliation of Russia at the hands of American and NATO policies. He worked steadfastly to solidify Russia’s security perimeter and to return prestige to the Russian state. Putin’s ambitions were not secret, and his hostility to U.S. and European designs on Ukraine was well established.
Events in Georgia in 2008 presaged what was to come in Ukraine. After Georgia elected a pro-Western government, Russia intervened militarily — ostensibly to protect the ethnic Russian populations within the Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Vice President Dick Cheney decried Putin’s action, declaring that “Russian aggression must not go unanswered, and that its continuation would have serious consequences for its relations with the United States, as well as the broader international community.”"