Did the USSR lose?

Russia Suffers a Bloody Nose in Georgia
Joel J. Sprayregen

TBILISI, GEORGIA Viewed from Georgia, Russia suffered a significant bloody nose in its August invasion. Russia dislodged Georgian soldiers and ethnically cleansed South Ossetia and Abkhazia, setting up puppet regimes in both breakaway regions. But Russian armed forces performed poorly and Moscow sustained economic and political damage.

What I learned in briefings from defense and diplomatic officials -- many of them bright young people in their early 30s -- is being confirmed by reports filtering out of Russia. Georgian Deputy Defense Minister Batu Kutelia told me that 1700 Russian soldiers were killed, as compared with 167 Georgians, and that 17 Russian combat aircraft were shot down, including a TU-22 strategic bomber.


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