Tskhinvali Death Toll Reaches Over 2,000; Military Conflict Continues

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Tskhinvali Death Toll Reaches Over 2,000; Military Conflict Continues: Tskhinvali Death Toll Reaches Over 2,000; Military Conflict Continues Death toll in Tzkhinvali has reached over 2,000 Monday while 34,000 have left their homes Photo by BGNES

The Georgian army has continued Sunday night into Monday to fire rockets at the South Ossetia main city Tskhinvali, while Interfax announces three have been killed and 18 Russian peacekeepers have been injured.

Russian military planes on their part, bombarded during the night the radars at the Tbilisi international airport and have caused "light damage', per statements of the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

The Foreign Ministry spokesperson explained that the airport was functioning on normal schedule. He also has said that tens of Russian military planes have bombarded civilian sites in the city of Gory, which is the biggest Georgian city close to South Ossetia.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry official statement further talks about 50 Russian planes flying over Tbilisi bombarding the capital.

"The actions of the Russian Federation endanger not only the lives of Georgian civilians but also those of high ranking guests'" the document reads.

Bernard Kouchner, French Foreign Minister arrived late Sunday in Tbilisi as a representative of his country, which is currently the European Union Chair.

According to statements made by Aleksandr Novitski, one of the Russian Army high ranking commanders, before Interfax, Russia was sending an additional 9,000 new troops to the other Georgian separatist Republic of Abkhazia. These were landing troops to be supported by 350 tanks, Novitski had said.

3,000 Russian peacekeeping forces have been sent to Abkhazia after the truce of 1994. There are also Russian military bases in Abkhazia as well as many citizens of the Republic who hold Russian passports.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry has said that the Georgian armed forces have pushed out all attacks in the upper part of the Kodor Valley, which until now has been the only part of Abkhazia fully controlled by the Georgians.

The Abkhazians on their part have announced that their armed forces have completely blocked the Georgian army in the Valley as well as all roads leading in and out of it.

The Russian military has extended an ultimatum to the Georgian army located near Abkhazia to give up their armament, otherwise Russia would attack them, however the Georgian side had not accepted the ultimatum, reports Interfax.

In the mean time according to ITAR-TASS, the Presidents of both separatist republics - South Ossetia and Abkhazia have spoken on the phone an have agreed to ask the international community to officially recognize their counties, independence in the very near future.

The national Azerbaijan airlines serving Baku and Tbilisi have terminated all daily flights to Tbilisi due to the military conflict.

"The Georgian government political goal is not to place South Ossetia under any totalitarian control. The need of an autonomy in the area remains, but it must be at the level of the highest European standards," said Aleksandr Lomaya, Secretary of the Georgian Security Council in an interview before the Moscow newspaper "Novosti."

"Despite the military conflict and the bloodshed there is still a possibility to lead all this to a peaceful dialogue. The information that Georgian military forces have fired at Russian peacekeepers is entirely sacrilegious. We propose that Russia becomes one of the main guarantors for the autonomy of the Ossetia region as part of Georgia," Lomaya stated.

Lomaya also has said Sunday that Tbilisi had asked the US to become a negotiator for the solution of the conflict between Georgia and Russia.

In the mean time, leading world information agencies announce that the death toll in Tskhinvali has reached over 2,000. Many people are without shelter and have been living for three days in dugouts without enough food or water.

According to eyewitnesses, many are still buried under the debris in Tzkhinvali while the artillery fire was continuing. There have been announcements about sharpshooters hiding in the debris.

Moscow has defined the situation in Tskhinvali as a "humanitarian crisis", while the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry has organized a refugee tent camp near the town of Dzhava in South Ossetia.

50 of the wounded have been transported to Russia to receive medical care.

The Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has said that the total number of people who have left their homes has reached over 34,000.

Refugees wishing to remain anonymous tell about Georgian tanks firing at families trying to flee the South Ossetian capital.

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had warned the Western Countries to not abandon Georgia saying that such act would weaken the democracy in the entire former Soviet Union.

"If Georgia falls, this will also mean the fall of the West in the entire former Soviet Union and beyond. Leaders in neighboring states - whether in Ukraine, in other Caucasian states or in Central Asia - will have to consider whether the price of freedom and independence is indeed too high," Saakshvili says in a letter published by the US Wall Street Journal.

Saakashvili ordered ceasefire Sunday and Georgia officially submitted a ceasefire note to the Russian Consul in Tbilisi, however, Russian authorities claim that the Georgians have not observed the ceasefire and continue to strike Tskhinvali.
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Bill - 13 Aug 2008 // 06:37:41


"again you are talking"RUBBISH"!

Not all DM banknotes had ugly menfaces on them!

The 20 DMbill for example had had a beautiful woman(I think a poet) on it's face."

Glad you think she's beautiful. You may be her only fan.

resipsaloquitur - 13 Aug 2008 // 01:55:57


again you are talking"RUBBISH"!

Not all DM banknotes had ugly menfaces on them!

The 20 DMbill for example had had a beautiful woman(I think a poet) on it's face.

CreepyS - 12 Aug 2008 // 15:07:38


The point to join Hitler was that he promised to give Macedonia and Dobrudja back to Bulgaria and that was enough. Of course when you have a German king who is only second generation in Bulgaria unlike the Romanovs and the UK king, to arrange things between Germans is somewhat easier.

Bill - 12 Aug 2008 // 14:58:23


You're right. When I first came to Germany, and the D-Mark was still the currency, I used to think that they had deliberatley picked the ugliest people in history to put on their banknotes!

CreepyS - 12 Aug 2008 // 14:03:25

Hi resip,

I replied to Honterus (see above) why.

CreepyS - 12 Aug 2008 // 14:01:06


BG did what it could - I think Romania did everything Hitler wanted while we did almost nothing of what was important for him.

I said bloody Macedonia because BG put itself in a disastrous situation for wanting to have more of Macedonia and doing the Saakashvili trick - attack first without thinking of the consequences. After the London treaty we didnt really need Macedonia - we had access to two seas and territory gains that were more than enough.

I think Bulgaria was a pretty hooligan state between 1978 and 1913 - we didnt mind to go to fight any country anytime if something didnt work our way. But after losing 2 wars within 5 years and having paid tons of money in retributions as a defeated country, BG became noticeably more peaceful and prudent, and stayed like this until today.

judge advocaat retired - 12 Aug 2008 // 13:00:24

Hello Bill, How are you.l I think you will find the Romanov and Saxe Coburg Gotha families are related, maybe cousins, indeed before the ww2 all of north and central Europe with the exception of Franconia, the heads of state where all cousins, this pratice of not marrying common people and introducing new blood caused many problems to their prodgeny.

Honterus - 12 Aug 2008 // 12:46:28


What you wrote here is correct ( even if I wonder what made you say "bloody Macedonia" ).

However one must keep in mind that most of the non-Bulgarian citizen Jews from Bulgarian occupied Vardar Macedonia and Thrace were sent to Auschwitz.


Bill - 12 Aug 2008 // 12:27:32


Interesting post. I didn't know the Russian Tsar was German.

judge advocaat retired - 12 Aug 2008 // 12:02:41

Creepy Hi, I cannot see the logic in your point et al " BG joined Hitler because we had a German King", the UK also had a German King but they did not join with Hitler, the Russians they also had a German King they eventually shot him and his family, and did not join with Hitler regime. Maybe BG should have shot their King and not joined with Hitler. So where is the logic of joining a war just because you have a German monarch.

resipsaloquitur - 12 Aug 2008 // 00:46:49

Hello Creepy,
why Macedonia should be bloody?

iamsoobored - 12 Aug 2008 // 00:04:20

I don't think the Western World - either the US, the UN or the EU should be the policeman of the world. Who appointed us to tell people to kill or not to kill each other? I am all for live and let die. If the Asians are dumb enough to want to kill each other, let them. I am totally against any interference. For that reason, I am against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Besides, Russia is very capable of handling their own problems. I think Georgia asked for it and got it. Now they are crying. Oh, Mr. Bush, come and save us! Da im eba maikata tziganska!

buachaill bo - 11 Aug 2008 // 23:32:25

anybody that would like to see fellow human beings dying just shows how evil he is and will rot himself somewhere soon.

CreepyS - 11 Aug 2008 // 23:29:46

"Bulgaria joined Hitler in his effort to cleanse the world for inferior rases. More than 50 m people died and Bulgarias participation triggered Soviet rule till 1989."

Its always better to consult some sources before speaking nonsense. BG joined Hitler because we had a German king, Hitler ordered Romania to give back North Bulgaria to the Bulgarians, we hoped to get back the bloody Macedonia etc.

BG didnt participate in any cleancing during WWII - in fact BG never deported a BG citizen with a BG passport and was the only country where there were 0 Jews who died from unnatural death during the war (there were over 50 000 residing in BG at the time).

Moreover, BG didnt send a single soldier to the East front. All this despite the German pressure to deport BG Jews and to send BG troops to the East front - we did none of those. Last, the BG fate was decided between Stalin and Churchil - BG and Romania for Stalin, Greece for Western Europe. So wtf are you talking about?

Highlander - 11 Aug 2008 // 22:46:19

The military conflict in South America is in Colombia, not Venezuela. Bulgaria joined Hitler in his effort to cleanse the world for inferior rases. More than 50 m people died and Bulgarias participation triggered Soviet rule till 1989.

So let them kill each other because they are Muslims and Asian ? Shouldn't we rather stop them from killing each other ?
The Bulgarian Medics in Libya were sentenced to death, but freed on humanitarian grounds. Learn from it ! Killing each other has no meaning and has never solved any conflicts.

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