Full-scale War in South Ossetia

Georgian armed forces attacked Tskhinvali, capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia at midnight. Georgian forces are bombing the city from all sides with heavy weaponry. The city streets are empty and electricity is cut off. Georgia claims Tskhinvali is surrounded and proposes talks. The UN Security Council is meeting in emergency session. Russia demands immediate intervention.

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  1. South Ossetia has asked Russia for help in gaining recognition for the independence of the breakaway republic. The Information and Press Committee of South Ossetia released a statement, which called for help from the Russian people and leadership in the republic’s quest for independence. The statement said it is no longer possible for South Ossetia to live “within the fascist state of Georgia.”


  2. Russia bombs Georgian positions in Abkhazia

    Russian military aircraft carried out strikes in Georgian-controlled upper Kodori Gorge on 9 August 2008, Malkhaz Akishbaia, head of the Tbilisi-loyal Abkhaz government-in-exile government, said.

    “Several bombs were dropped in the vicinities of a Gentsvisi village, as well as close to the newly constructed road,” Akishbaia said, adding that no additional information is available.


  3. Saakashvili: Georgia in State of War with Russia

    President Mikhei Saakashvili said Georgia was in a state “of war with Russia” and added “Georgia will not be defeated no matter what.”

    “I call for an immediate ceasefire,” Saakashvili said at a news briefing. “Russia has launched a full-scale military invasion of Georgia.”


  4. The Georgian Parliament has approved the decree of President Mikhei Saakashvili declaring martial law in Georgia. The martial law will be in force for 15 days, beginning on 9 August 2008. The decree also declares general mobilisation in Georgia.


  5. Georgian forces have destroyed 40 Russian tanks advancing on the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali from the north, the Georgian Interior Ministry announced.

    President Mikhei Saakashvili said that Georgian forces were in control of all the strategic heights and villages in the vicinity of Tskhinvali, including Znauri, Dmenisi and Tsinagari.


  6. Opening a second front in the ongoing conflict, Abkhazia has begun an operation to push out Georgian forces from the eastern part of the Kodori Gorge. Abkhaz Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba said Abkhaz forces were shelling the area and carrying out aerial raids.


  7. Russia plans to sue Georgia in The Hague, Strasbourg

    Russia plans to ask the International Criminal Court in The Hague and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to investigate possible war crimes commited by Georgian forces in South Ossetia.

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin pointed out that Georgian forces killed many Russian peacekeepers. He characterised the actions of the Georgian side as “war crimes”.


  8. As many as 7,000 volunteers from North Ossetia have joined South-Ossetian troops defending the breakaway republic from invading Georgian forces. Another 3,000 volunteers are waiting in Vladikavkaz for transport to the front. Volunteers are reportedly arriving from all over Russia’s North Caucasus.


  9. Russia’s Black Sea fleet has taken positions close to the Georgian coast. Abkhazia says Russian vessels have docked at the Abkhaz port of Ochamchira. Reports say Turkish vessels with marines are moving close to the Georgian border.

    Meanwhile, the South-Ossetian news agency Osinform reports that NATO military equipment is being transported from Batumi, close to the Turkish border, to South Ossetia. Georgians are hoping for NATO help in the conflict with Russia.


  10. Russia’s Human Rights Ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, has proposed the establishment of an international tribunal on South Ossetia. He said those guilty of mass killings in the zone of conflict must be brought to justice. “The main responsibility lies on the person who gave the order to destroy Tskhinvali,” he added.


  11. Georgia has withdrawn all its forces from South Ossetia, according to Shota Utiashvili, spokesman for the Georgian Ministry of Interior. Reuters reports eyewitnesses seeing a column of Georgian forces moving away from South Ossetia. The Joint Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces confirms the withdrawal of Georgian forces.


  12. South-Ossetian authorities claim that blacks took part in the Georgian attack on Tskhinvali. According to South-Ossetian ambassador in Moscow, Dmitry Medoev, there are many bodies of killed Georgians on the streets of Tskhinvali. Among them, there are blacks, either mercenaries or military advisers, he said.


  13. Russia presents ultimatum to Georgia

    Russia has presented an ultimatum to Georgia, InterPressNews reports. In a note to the Georgian Embassy in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry informs that Russia has established three zones to protect its Black Sea fleet from Georgian attacks.

    According to the note, the zone of observation extends to 50 kilometres, the danger zone to 30 kilometres, and the zone prohibited to Georgian forces to 20 kilometres from Russian vessels. The note warns that the Russian navy will open fire in its defence.


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