SOUTH OSSETIAN CONFLICT: Notes


The following information is taken from news agency reports from around the world.
Due to the confusing and speculative nature of the reports, claims and counter claims none of the information should not be seen as definitive. The chronology of events is also unclear.
Updates will be added as and when they are received and as time allows.

 

   

Sunday 20th April 2008

Georgia says that a Russian MiG-29 fighter jet shot down a Georgian drone flying over Abkhazia.
Russia denies involvement

Sunday 4th May 2008

Two Georgian drones claimed shot down by separatists in Abkhazia.
Denied by Georgia

Tuesday 8th 2008

Georgia had sent fighters to the conflict zone on Tuesday (Claimed by Russians on 10th July)

Wednesday 9th July 2008

Two Russian fighters had flown into Georgian airspace and were later joined by two other aircraft. (Claimed by Georgians on 10th July)

Friday 8th August 2008

Georgian operation to "restore the constitutional order" in the breakway area of South Ossetia. Ossetian positions attacked using aviation and artillery

Friday 8th August 2008

Georgian Su-25 planes attacked Kvernet in  South Ossetia in the district town (in two attacks, first by two aircraft, then by three]
Bridge on
Guftinsky Transkavkazskoy highway damaged or destroyed

Friday 8th August 2008

Claims In North Ossetia  claims that a convoy moving from North to South Ossetia was bombed by Georgian Su-25 and  that President Teimuraz Mamsurov was in the convoy.

Friday 8th August 2008

Georgian Interior Ministry announced three Russian Su-24 airplanes had violated Georgian airspace

Friday 8th August 2008

Two Russian Combat jets reported shot down by Georgian forces

Friday 8th August 2008

Georgian interior ministry spokesman said Georgian military airbase 40 km (25 miles) from the capital Tbilisi bombed. Casualties.

Friday 8th August 2008

 Vaziani military base 25 km from the capital also bombed. No casualties

Friday 8th August 2008

Georgian state minister, Temur Yakobashvili, said Georgian forces had shot down four Russian combat planes over Georgian territory

Friday 8th August 2008

Russia's Defence Ministry denied  earlier Georgia report about one Russian plane downed.
No comments on the latest claim

Friday 8th August 2008

Russian airstrikes on Georgian targets on Friday evening

Saturday 9th August 2008

Spokesman for Russian peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia quoted as saying that an Su-25 fighter jet and a TU-22 bomber have been shot down.
No news on pilots nor crews

Saturday 9th August 2008

Georgian Air Force officers claim total of Russian aircraft shot down as six
One Russian pilot captured
One body recovered from a second aircraft
[No confirmation]

Saturday 9th August 2008

Russian forces army spokesmen claim two Georgian aircraft destroyed
[No confirmation]
Georgian Su-25 shot down, pilot ejected, captured and killed by Ossetian military

Saturday 9th August 2008

Georgian claims that Russian aircraft attacked Georgian forces and civilians in Tskhinvali, also airports in four Georgian town have been hit. [Vaziany military base outside of Tbilisi, a military base in Marneuli, Delisi and Kutaisi airports

Saturday 9th August 2008

Russian aircraft bombed Georgian forces in Kodori, a narrow gorge and two villages between Abkhazia and Georgia

Saturday 9th August 2008

Russian attacks on Georgian town of Gori, military installation hit

Saturday 9th August 2008

Black Sea port of Poti reported destroyed

Saturday 9th August 2008

Russian fighter jets targeted the the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline, but missed [Georgian claim]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Russian pilot died and two others, who managed to eject, were wounded and are now in the hospital in Tbilisi.
One of the ejectees was on ďa reconnaissance mission on the border between Georgia and South Ossetia.Ē
Georgian television station showing downed aircraft wreckage found in the village of Dzevera, also showing downed Russian pilots.
Colonel Igor Zinov has been named as one of the Russian pilots who ejected. Shot down in Georgia

Saturday 9th August 2008

Air defence forces of South Ossetia, two Georgian gunships shot down over Tskhinvali, the State Committee on Information and Press of South Ossetia. Two Georgian gunships tried to carry out a raid on Tskhinval, but the challenge failed because the South-Ossetian air defenses reacted to their appearance", - said the report State Committee.

Could you explain what has been happening on the ground?
There was massive bombardment of civilian parts of [the Central Georgian town of] Gori. There has been bombardment of Poti port. Their planes went to the port of Batumi, and I immediately ordered to switch off the lights in Batumi, and they missed and hit the sea. And they went to the pipelines. They dropped bombs in places near pipelines in eastern Georgia. They bombed several railway stations that have no military significance whatsoever. And they bombed military bases. Three Russian pilots have been captured alive. One of them was burned and taken to the hospital in Tbilisi. And two more we found dead. The other five pilots of planes [we shot down] ejected into territory controlled by Russia.

8th August
 

03:34 Five Georgian SU-25 aircraft hit targets in South Ossetia - commander of peacekeeping force in the area of Georgian-Ossetinian conflict, Kulakhmetov
04:47 Georgian aircraft destroy humanitarian aid convoy bound to S.Ossetia-N.Ossetia's Mamsurov
06:33 Georgia claims Russian plane dropped bombs on its territory
07:59 Four planes flying from Russian side dropped bombs on Gori - Georgian TV
09:50 Russian aircraft bomb two Georgian villages, wounded reported - Georgianmedia
12:25 Russian plane attacks Georgian military base near Tbilisi - Georgianmedia
15:31 Russian aviation destroys combat planes at Georgian base - GeorgianForeign Ministry
15:42 Russia destroyed several warplanes at Georgian air base - Tbilisi
21:27 TV says Russian warplanes have bombed Georgian port
22:31 TV says Russian warplanes have bombed Georgian port (Part 2)

9th August

06:54 Russian planes bomb telecom antenna in Gori - Georgian authorities
07:12 Georgia claims to have downed six Russian combat planes
08:15 Georgia claims to have downed 10 Russian combat planes
08:16 S. Ossetia claims to have shot down two Georgian planes over Tskhinvali
08:27 Russian military confirm loss of two combat planes in Georgia
09:13 Georgian military questioning Russian pilot from downed plane - media
10:50 Russian warplanes bomb Kodori Gorge in Georgia
11:57 Georgia identifies pilot from downed Russian plane as Col. Igor Zinov
14:39 Georgia shot down Tu-22 bomber presumably with Ukrainian missile system-source

In Gori, people cheered as they watched a Russian pilot eject from an airplane that was shot down.
Georgian television later showed a pilotís bloody helmet and said a pilot had been captured.

10th August

04:43 Kodori Gorge again under air attack - Georgian media
07:04 Tbilisi aircraft plant's airfield bombed - Tbilisi
10:40 Two Russian planes lost in Georgia, reports of 12 downed planes untrue -General Staff
12:33 Russian planes are only hitting Georgian armed formations - official
13:36 Abkhazia is bombing, shelling Georgian positions in Kodori Gorge

 

http://www.interfax.com/

 

 

 

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