Russian Troops Capture South Ossetia Capital Tskhinvali

World | August 9, 2008, Saturday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 5
Bulgaria Russian Troops Capture South Ossetia Capital Tskhinvali: Russian Troops Capture South Ossetia Capital Tskhinvali Georgian troops redeploy on a road close to the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali as the fighting between Georgia's and Russia and North Ossetian troops there escalates. Photo by BGNES

Tactical groups of the Russian troops have driven out the Georgian army from the capital of South Ossetia Tskhinvali, and are now fighting them to recapture the whole zone of which the Russian peacekeeping battalion was placed in charge according to the 1992 Dragomys Treaty.

The news was reported by ITAR-TASS, which cited the commander-in-chief of Russia's land forces General Vladimir Boldirev.

During a meeting in Moscow to discuss humanitarian aid for South Ossetia, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev said the province was facing a humanitarian crisis, and called for the punishment of those responsible for the current situation according to international law.

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced earlier that over 1500 persons have been killed in the armed conflict in South Ossetia so far, and that the situation was deteriorating.

Georgia's Deputy Minister of Defense Batu Kutelia said the Georgian anti-aircraft artillery had brought down a total of seven Russian planes, which violated the country's airspace and conducted aerial bombardments.

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations has sent two convoys with humanitarian aid to South Ossetia. More than half of the province's 70 000 inhabitants hold Russian citizenship.

The 1990-1992 civil war in South Ossetia was ended with the Dagomys Treaty of 1992 providing for collective peacekeeping forces consisting of three battalions - one Russian, one Georgian and one North-Ossetian), each having 500 troops, which are now involved in the fighting.
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Stealthy - 10 Aug 2008 // 14:58:00

You may check this ...

That is what Georgian president said on CNN after invasion to Ossetia ... Bullshit ! Great provocation ... I do not think CNN was prejudiced in any way ...

CJB - 10 Aug 2008 // 11:41:54

At times of war information sources are important. I've been trying to locate the best online coverage out there of what is happening

I've been following the coverage of this conflict, and I find the UK's Guardian and the New York Times to be the most detailed, balanced and thoughtful. BBC coverage has been lacklustre and was biased until today, CNN has been atrocious, so too has Reuters: both very partisan pro-Georgian with an American neo-con filter. SNA have actually been doing a good job bringing news from TASS, and Interfax is a good very up to the minute source for the Russian view on things.

Anyone else found decent English language news sites on the conflict?

Stealthy - 10 Aug 2008 // 09:17:16

Yane ,

do not be surpised of EU flag behind Gergian president ! This man has systematically followed EU policy in Northern Caucasus for last ten years . Considering further both NATO and EU enlargements (and possible membership of Gergia by the way) , what could we expect from the country which has not controlled 30%-40% of its territory for 15 years ? Who supported , equipped and trained "new" Georgian army ? Russians ??? I do not say about the fact that Bulgaria is one of the top suppliers of arms to Georgia ! Both US and EU should make a choice whether to live in peace with their Eastern neighbours or to support "new democracies" following illusory goals .

buachaill bo - 9 Aug 2008 // 15:31:11

Excellent Yane.

Yane - 9 Aug 2008 // 13:30:57

Good, South Ossetia is Liberated from the Georgian agressors. That is not a point of view, it's a fact. South ossetians are Rus citizens, so when 1400 of them die by georgian artillery shelling, Russia is forced by constitutional Law to protect it's citizens wherever they may be.

Georgia...I don't know how it looks in your country, have you been hiding in a dark cave and missed what happend in our part of the world, the Balkans? Do you even have free unbiased media? I ask you, because one cannot force other ethnic neighbors by the point of a barrel of a gun, or in this case, artillery, to join your state so you can become "greater georgia"

greater serbia
greater albania
greater bosnia
greater croatia

etc. it's all failure to construct something similar by violence by suppressing those that don't want part of your construct. South Ossetians have their own identity and culture, you can't force them to become Georgians and force your language down their throats when they don't want to. Once you realize this, you can start talking about joining eu, nato etc.

Also as an EU citizen, I'm insulted to see your president having the EU flag waving behind him at all times. Does he think Europeans support his violence on Ossetians? No, so what he does is paint Russia as the aggressor, instead of the protector of its citizens...this is sad... and to do this and try to get away with it when people watch

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