Dr. Nicolai N. Petro
University of Rhode Island (USA)
This unified description of the onset of the crisis in the Caucasus is based on the detailed timelines available on the web sites of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Russia Today news service, supplemented by various Georgian, Russian, and international press sources. The references in brackets refer to the list of sources at the end of this document: “G” for Georgian, “R” for Russian, “M” for miscellaneous. For convenience all local times have been converted to Greenwich Mean Time which, at the time these events unfolded, was GMT (UTC) +4 in both Moscow and Tbilisi.
There are surprisingly few disagreements about the actual sequence of events. Those that exceed two hours are noted by italics. My comments, at the bottom of each page, attempt to highlight notable findings.