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Monday, April 04, 2022

United Russia party lead Andrei Klimov was quoted as saying that occupied Tskhinvali/South Ossetia should hold referendum to "unite" with Russia, using the same mechanism that was used to absorb Crimea.

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"It is necessary to express the will of the Ossetian people. This can be done through a referendum," noted yesterday Klimov, who also serves as Deputy Chair of Russia's Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The same guy also called for the secession of the Adjara region, where the large port city of Batumi is located in the southwest part of Georgia.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-04-03 06:24 PM | Reply

I thought Russia announced they were pulling troops out of Georgia to fight in Ukraine.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2022-04-03 06:38 PM | Reply

They can most definitely take Cordele, Georgia. The Mexican food there sucks.

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-04-04 05:19 AM | Reply

"I thought Russia announced they were pulling troops out of Georgia to fight in Ukraine."

That was on April 1st, wasn't it? Either way, they probably still have a lot of "peacekeepers" alongside the pro-Russia separatists there, since they've been occupying 20% of Georgia since 2008. Russia also just ordered new conscripts.

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-04-04 05:34 AM | Reply

The daily "Russian Offensive Campaign Announcement" from the Institute for the Study of War:

Apr 3, 2022 - Press ISW
Ukraine has won the Battle of Kyiv. Russian forces are completing their withdrawal, but not in good order. Ukrainian forces are continuing to clear Kyiv Oblast of isolated Russian troops left behind in the retreat, which some Ukrainian officials describe as "lost orcs." Russian forces had attempted to conduct an orderly retreat from their positions around Kyiv with designated covering forces supported by artillery and mines to allow the main body to withdraw. The main body of Russian troops has withdrawn from the west bank of the Dnipro and is completing its withdrawal from the east bank, but the retrograde has been sufficiently disorderly that some Russian troops were left behind.
www.understandingwar.org

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-04-04 07:48 AM | Reply

I thought Russia announced they were pulling troops out of Georgia to fight in Ukraine.

#2 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2022-04-03 06:38 PM | FLAG:

It's the locals in South Ossetia having the referendum. They're the Georgian version of the Donbass and the Western aligned government never really had any control there. When the Georgians went to retake it they used MRLS barrages on villages the same as Russians have done to Ukraine. Not a lot of angels in this region.

#6 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-04-04 09:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Russians are deserting in Ukraine.

Why go back home to be shot when you can get paid to surrender?

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2022-04-04 10:05 AM | Reply

Unless you get caught trying to desert. I would imagine the problem is dealt with swiftly. For which, the more witnesses the better if the point is to discourage that sort of behavior.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-04-04 11:32 AM | Reply

Deserting the russian army is easy just say you're hungry and go looking for food till you find Ukrainian soldiers with food.

#9 | Posted by Tor at 2022-04-04 12:55 PM | Reply

"It's the locals in South Ossetia having the referendum. They're the Georgian version of the Donbass and the Western aligned government never really had any control there. When the Georgians went to retake it they used MRLS barrages on villages the same as Russians have done to Ukraine. Not a lot of angels in this region."

After what we've seen in Ukraine it's clear Russia can't handle Georgia either.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2022-04-04 05:29 PM | Reply

"This is just more De-Nazification, and Putin's not even charging them for it! Genius!" - the usual sockpuppets

#11 | Posted by Corky at 2022-04-04 06:08 PM | Reply

After what we've seen in Ukraine it's clear Russia can't handle Georgia either.

#10 | POSTED BY TOR AT 2022-04-04 05:29 PM | REPLY

Maybe it'd be different now but they certainly kicked the ---- out of them last time. Georgia is a lot smaller and harder to defend than Ukraine.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-04-04 07:46 PM | Reply

Lol...'brilliant Putin'
now wants to start a war
on two fronts?

More like the 'Mad Hatter'...

#13 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-04-04 08:38 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#14

Are you familiar with Transnistria? It's a little strip of land between Ukraine and Moldova on the left bank of the Dniester river. It is officially part of Moldova, but broke away from independent Moldova at the end of the cold war and sees themselves as the heir to the Soviet Union. Their flag even has a hammer and sickle on it.

The Transnistrian Defense Force numbers about 7k service members, with another several thousand reported Russia troops in the region. I don't think it's outside the realm of possibility that Moldova would take this opportunity to kick out the Russians and pull down the separatist flag. Although, as we're seeing, there may not be much value in trying to govern over those who have chosen to be governed by someone else.

#14 | Posted by madbomber at 2022-04-05 02:55 PM | Reply

Hopefully this goes as well as their attempt to annex Ukraine has gone.

#15 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-04-05 03:39 PM | Reply

How many Russian troops in former SSR of Georgia are actually "no-show" soldiers, whose pay is stolen by field-grade commanders, further hollowing out the Russian military?

#16 | Posted by john47 at 2022-04-06 11:23 AM | Reply

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