74 Russian Soldiers Killed in S.Ossetia - Report
"At least 74 servicemen were killed, 171 were wounded and 19 are missing in action as of Wednesday morning," Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the General Staff, said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
A day of mourning was declared in Russia on Wednesday.
Russian authorities said earlier about 1,600 civilians were killed and more than 30,000 have fled South Ossetia since Georgia launched a large-scale offensive last Friday.
During the subsequent Russian military operation against Georgia, Moscow sent some 10,000 troops and several hundred armoured vehicles in the region.
Nogovitsyn said figures for Georgian losses were currently unavailable.
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I do agree with you. The world hasn't seen UN actually DO SOMETHING, or at least not for a long time. I like the "idea" of the UN but the reality is, like you said, individual states, especially the more powerfull ones, may be can intervene. I keep hoping that will be sooner, while conflicts can be worked on through mediation. It seems always, by the time a Great power intervenes, the casualties have already happened.
"I think UN should be more prompt in aiding in diplomatic solutions..."
The bitter truth is that the UN is a powerless paper tiger, which does nothing but talk. The best they can do is have a meeting and deplore the situation. It's the individual member states who have to band together and take action. The UN will never do it alone. True, UN forces have multinational membership, but that's a matter of form rather than substance.
1600 civilian lives and 74 soldiers killed. This is a massacre. Disagreements should never come to fighting like this. I think UN should be more prompt in aiding in diplomatic solutions earlier in the conflicts. We keep seeing this over and over with ethnic strife.
Bottom line, we become callous. These are lives and families destroyed.
WAR IS HELL! And there never are victors.
I agree but my point was that right now it is Russia that aspires to get in and this is visible - fore example, in June Medvedev said
"Accession to the WTO is the threshold, which Russia should overcome.
Nobody has changed this course and nobody is going to change it.
Russian Accession to the WTO should be solid, worthy and open new prospects."
He sounds exactly as a BG or Romania politician talking about joining the EU some years ago. And as the Russians are still out and want to be in, they dont want to have too much troubles because of Georgia.
And thats why they hate the Georgian guy even more because its he who draw them in this mess while they have more important things to do.
Don't put money on it Creepy.
The West has zero principles and will do business with the Devil if it's advantageous.
As they are fighting crazed Muslims with one hand, they'd carve out Muslims countries from Christian Europe, with the other - because it suits them'
How many times has Europe forced us, Bulgaria, back under Muslim control, because it suited their larger geo-political considerations?
Many of times culminating with the Berlin Congress.
They will do business and accept Russia in every club and that's a fact.
The EU is just like the US only more chicken.
Why South Ossetia and Abhazia were not able to be recognized as independent from Georgia in he early 1990s? I think it was because Shevarnadze had good connections in both Russia and the West so he did his job to insure that nobody recognizes the 2 breakaways.
But what happened after Shevarnadze is that the Russians disliked Saakashvili for obvious reasons and the more he bashed Russia and talked about entering NATO and the EU the more Russians were pissed off but didnt have good reasons to react.
Then the stupid guy made THE mistake and the Russians were more than happy to do as much damage as they could, shut down the army he built with US help and make sure that Abhazia and South Ossetia never go back to Georgia.
Russia didnt have much choice. But its not true they dont care about their image, future economic sanctions, WTO membership etc. Theyd love to enter all possible elite clubs and be considered as one of the elite nations and not a corrupt, backward ally that exports oil and gas and that you need but you dont really respect.
The Russians tried to be a bit more civilized than usual and didnt kill much but this wont help a lot for their "wanna-be-elite-club" image - they are still out - and for good reasons, with human development index between that of Albania and Bosnia and corruption and organized crime much worse than BG.
komo, if the Russians had balls and power they'd continue no to Tblisi , drag the corpse of Shakasveilli through the streets liek the cowardly dog that he is!
the russians went up agaionst US-Israeli radars and lost around 10 aircraft, should have just smashed Shakavili once and for all,.
why stop after Iraq precedent?
The Americans would've lost their nerve with that kind of losses in a short time.
I think they've got the wrong address this time.
For decades now the US has been encouraging ethnicities to separate from Russia or countries friendly to Russia, but cried "separatist" at the ethnicities attempting to separate from the separating territories.
As if preserving "the territorial integrity" of the artificially drawn borders is the pillar of international law.
Those borders, (such as Bosnia and Georgia) were randomly drawn FEDERAL internal borders, and have seldom reflected any reality on the ground.
They didn't have to, because their main purpose was internal management within the federal structure, not as national territory.
This is an attempt at the Yugoslav fiasco all over, with one exception - now it's Russia and now Russia is rich and and the US is broke.
That train has passed.