Humanitarian response to the Russo-Georgian War

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This article documents the aid given by several countries to the people who suffered due to the Russo-Georgian War.

On August 8, the Russian Ministry of the Emergency Situations sent a mobile hospital to North Ossetia.[1]

On August 10, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised to spend at least 10 billion rubles to help South Ossetia.[2]

On August 10, Russia said it had sent 120 tons of food to South Ossetia.[3] On the same day, Russia's Emergency Situation Minister Sergey Shoygu said that Russia would send a humanitarian aid convoy with 200 tons of food, 16 tons of medical supplies, six electricity generators and water filters, from Russia's North Ossetian capital of Vladikavkaz to Tskhinvali.[4]

On August 11, the Russian government allocated $200 million in urgent aid for South Ossetia, to tackle the growing humanitarian catastrophe, according to Russia's envoy to NATO.[5]

On August 12, the Romanian Supreme Council of National Defense decided to send humanitarian aid to Georgia, consisting of drugs and medical equipment.[6] Spain announced it would contribute €0.5 million in aid and was working with the Red Cross to help refugees.[7] A cargo of humanitarian aid of medical items to the value of 20,000 lats was sent to Georgia from Latvia; the Government also allocated 100,000 lats from contingency resources to assist Georgia in overcoming the consequences of the war.[8] Estonia sent, in addition to humanitarian aid, computer experts to fend off pro-Russian hackers.[9]

US President George W. Bush (center) announcing the planned U.S. delivery of aid to Georgia, headed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (right)

On August 13, United States President George W. Bush said the U.S. would send humanitarian aid to Georgia.[10][11][12] On the same day, Czech Republic and its armed forces sent one plane of supplies, mainly blood products. This was the first time Czech Republic provided blood to a foreign state.[13] Australia was preparing a humanitarian aid package for Georgia.[14]

On August 14, Belarus sent 60 tons of humanitarian aid to South Ossetia. Belarus was also ready to host around 3,000 children from South Ossetia.[15]

Reuters reported that supplies were being distributed in the Russian-occupied town of Gori. The United States provided a $1 million grant to the World Food Program for local procurement of food aid.[16]

On August 16, several hundred builders from North Ossetia–Alania were scheduled to arrive to participate in the reconstruction of Tskhinvali.[17]

On August 18, a convoy with humanitarian help from Russia was also sent to Georgian city of Gori.[18]

On August 24, the U.S. Navy Destroyer USS McFaul docked at Georgia's Black Sea port Batumi and commenced delivery of humanitarian supplies.[19]

On August 28, Lithuanian Air Force transport aircraft left for Tbilisi with 5 tons of humanitarian aid. That was the fifth donation Lithuania delivered for Georgia.[20]


  1. ^ "Shelling of South Ossetia capital stopped". RT. 9 August 2008. Archived from the original on 12 August 2008. 
  2. ^ Россия готова увеличить помощь Южной Осетии (in Russian). 10 August 2008. 
  3. ^ МЧС России направило 120 тонн продовольствия жителям Южной Осетии (in Russian). Interfax. 10 August 2008. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. 
  4. ^ "Russia to send more aid convoys to S. Ossetia". RIA Novosti. 10 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Russia to provide $200 mln in urgent aid for S. Ossetia". RIA Novosti. 11 August 2008. 
  6. ^ "CSAT: România va acorda asistenţă umanitară Georgiei" (in Romanian). Antena 3. 12 August 2008. 
  7. ^ "Spain sends half a million euros in emergency aid to the population affected by the conflict in Georgia". ReliefWeb. 12 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Latvia provides humanitarian aid to Georgia". Foreign Ministry of Latvia. 13 August 2008. 
  9. ^ "Update: Estonia, Poland help Georgia fight cyberattacks". 12 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "Bush Sending Aid to Georgia". The New York Times. 13 August 2008. 
  11. ^ "US forces to deliver Georgia aid". BBC News. 13 August 2008. 
  12. ^ "Russia to U.S.: Choose us or Georgia". CNN. 13 August 2008. 
  13. ^ "Česká republika posílá do Gruzie humanitární pomoc" (in Czech). 13 August 2008. 
  14. ^ "Australia to offer Georgia humanitarian aid". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 August 2008. 
  15. ^ Белоруссия отправила гуманитарную помощь Южной Осетии (in Russian). 15 August 2008. 
  16. ^ "Food handed out in Gori, Georgia in U.S. aid effort". Reuters. 15 August 2008. Archived from the original on 23 August 2008. 
  17. ^ "Hundred builders from N Ossetia arrive in Tskhinval". Itar-Tass. 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. 
  18. ^ В Гори пришла колонна с российской гуманитарной помощью (in Russian). 18 August 2008. 
  19. ^ "Navy Warship Docks in Georgia with Aid". The New York Sun. 24 August 2008. 
  20. ^ "Lithuania sends humanitarian aid to Georgia". Alfa. 28 August 2008.