In August 2008, Georgia launched a large-scale military attack in the separatist region of South Ossetia. Shortly after, Russian combat troops began firing into Georgia with full military response, which escalated a long conflict between the pro-West region in South Caucasus and Russian-backed Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Western response was largely condemning, but surprisingly soft. The European Union was simply baffled: Is Russia returning to its old Soviet patterns?
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