2008 Georgia Russia Conflict Fast Facts

Russian peacekeepers talk with Georgian soldiers near the village of Khurvaleti during the conflict in August 2008.

(CNN)Here's a look at the 2008 military conflict between Russia and Georgia.


The conflict centered on South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two "breakaway provinces" in Georgia. They are officially part of Georgia, but have separate governments unrecognized by most countries.
    Abkhazia and South Ossetia are supported by Russia.
    During the five-day conflict, 170 servicemen, 14 policemen, and 228 civilians from Georgia were killed and 1,747 wounded. Sixty-seven Russian servicemen were killed and 283 were wounded, and 365 South Ossetian servicemen and civilians (combined) were killed, according to an official EU fact-finding report about the conflict.


    1918-1921- Georgia is briefly an independent state after separating from the Russian Empire.
    1921 - After the Red Army invasion, Georgia and Abkhazia are declared Soviet Socialist republics.
    1922 - The South Ossetia Autonomous Oblast is created within Georgia.
    1931 - Abkhazia's status is reduced to an autonomous republic within Georgia.
    1990 - South Ossetia declares its independence from Georgia.
    April 9, 1991 - Georgia declares independence.
    1991-1992 - Civil war breaks out in Georgia. Zviad Gamsakhurdia is deposed as president.
    1992 - Abkhazia declares its independence from Georgia, leading to armed conflict.
    October 1992 - Eduard Shevardnadze is elected to lead Georgia. He is re-elected in 1995 and 2000.
    September 1993 - Abkhazian separatist forces defeat the Georgian military.
    October 1993 - Georgia joins the Commonwealth of Independent States.
    May 1994 - A ceasefire is agreed upon and signed between the Georgian government and Abkhaz separatists. Russian peacekeeping forces are deployed to the area.
    October 2001 - Fighting resumes between Abkhaz troops and Georgian paramilitaries. Russia states that it believes Georgia is harboring Chechen rebels, a claim denied by Georgia.
    September 2002 - Russian President Vladimir Putin sends a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UN Security Council members, and members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe stating that Georgia must respond to accusations they are harboring Chechen militants or face military action from Russia.
    November 2003 - Shevardnadze is forced to leave office in the "Rose Revolution."
    July 2005 - Under terms of a deal reached in May, Russia starts to withdraw its troops from two Soviet-era military bases.
    May-June 2006 - Tensions between Georgia and Russia rise again when Georgia demands that Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia have visas.
    November 12, 2006 - A referendum is voted upon in which South Ossetians overwhelmingly demand independence.
    November 2007 - Russia announces that it has withdrawn its troops that had been based in Georgia since 1991. It retains a peacekeeping presence in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
    April 3, 2008 - NATO members at a summit in Bucharest, Romania, defer the decision on Georgia and Ukraine's admittance until December 2008.
    April 21, 2008 - Georgia accuses Russia of shooting down an unmanned drone over Abkhazia on April 20. Russia denies the claim.
    April 29, 2008 - Russia sends more troops to Abkhazia to counter what it says are Georgia's plans for an attack.
    May 26, 2008 - A UN investigation concludes that the drone shot down on April 21 was struck by a missile from a Russian fighter jet.
    May 30-31, 2008 - Russia sends several hundred unarmed troops to Abkhazia, saying they are