Attack in the Mountains Is this the First War between Russia and a Former Soviet State?

The world is looking to the Caucasus region with dismay. President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia has sent his country's forces into the breakaway region of South Ossetia, and its protector, Russia, has retaliated by sending in tanks and aircraft. Is a region that is home to all of 75,000 people about to become the scene of a hot war?
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