After Georgia broke away from Russia, South Ossentia and another province tried to break away from Georgia, succeeding autonomy-wise but failing map-wise. As Georgia cozied up to the United States, Russia cozied up to South Ossentia, deploying “peace-keepers” and distributing Russian passports like candy. After Georgia decided to crush South Ossentia and its rebels into subission, Russia decided to “defend the peace” … by crushing Georgia—or at least its military—into submission.
Thank you. This actually helps a lot.