The Governor of Odessa region, the former head of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili announced in a video message dedicated to the anniversary of the armed conflict in South Ossetia in the last month of summer 2008.
When Mikhail Saakashvili in 2008, Georgia began preparations to return under governmental supervision of the unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Georgian troops on the night of 8 August 2008 attacked South Ossetia and destroyed part of its capital Tskhinvali. Russia, protecting the residents of South Ossetia, most of whom have become citizens of Russia, sent troops into the Republic and after five days of fighting ousted Georgian troops from the region. Abkhazia, which since 1993 was in fact independent from Georgia, at the same time ousted Georgian troops from the upper Kodori gorge. Russia on 26 August 2008 recognized the sovereignty of 2 Autonomous regions.
Describing the events of the August conflict, Saakashvili said about the "heroic resistance" of the Georgian troops, who had to avoid environment to retreat to the capital. Russia was then " forced to stand at the borders of Tbilisi ", but now this same fight is going on Ukraine, Saakashvili wrote.
"Today, the struggle continues in Ukraine. The chief of staff of the 58th army is fighting in the Donbass, and General Kalandadze helps to cook Ukrainian defenders. General action we will bring this fight to the bitter end, " said the ex-President of Georgia.
The Plenipotentiaries of Ukraine and Western countries many times accused the Russian Federation of interfering in the conflict in the Donbass. Evidence for this was provided. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation called the statement " public unsubstantiated insinuations ". First, Moscow has stated many times that completely uninvolved in the events in the South-East of Ukraine, does not supply the militia military equipment and ammunition, is not a party to domestic conflict and is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.