Fresh off seeing their national whistleblower get murdered, the Russians are all hot and heavy to throw around some historic-sphere-of-influence muscle:
Russia has promised to send troops to defend the Georgian separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia if Georgia attacks them. Sergei Ivanov, the Russian Defence Minister, said: “Our peacekeepers are there, and there are many Russia citizens there, as well as in Georgia. “If the Georgian leadership attacks . . . if ethnic cleansing and genocide starts there, Russia will not stay on the sidelines.” Russian peacekeepers patrol both regions. They are officially part of Georgia but broke away in the early 1990s when Abkhaz and Ossetian ethnic groups revolted against Georgian rule and expelled ethnic Georgians.
They’re called peacekeepers because they keep the peace. Forcefully. With very large weapons and relatively little compunction to use them