|Russia invaded Georgia on August 9th 2008. The Russian attack was precipitated by a Georgian attempt to reestablish additional control over the separatist enclave of South Ossetia, an enclave the Russians support. The Russians, however, were just looking for an excuse to reestablish their control over Georgia. The actions of Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili, who has been a strong supporter of the west and Democracy, have particularly angered Russia and Russian leader, Putin.
The Russians launched a brutal attack on two parts of Georgia, cutting the country in two. The Russians targeted civilians, as well as, military targets causing wide spread casualties. A ceasefire was called, after five days of fighting.