Tulips in Cyberspace
The US company, Tulip Systems, is waging a battle against Russian hackers attacking the official web site of Georgian President Mikhei Saakashvili.
The site is being attacked from 500 IP addresses simultaneously. Most of the attacks originate in Moscow and St Petersburg, Tulip Systems says.
Bush: “Unacceptable in 21st Century”
Russia’s “brutal escalation” of attacks against Georgia has jeopardized Russia’s relationship with the United States and European nations, President George Bush said on Monday. “Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century,” he said.
Bush demanded that Russia stop its military operations in Georgia. In Bush’s words, the conflict with Georgia has damaged Russia’s standing in international politics, and has placed its relations with Europe and the US at risk.
Bush said evidence suggests Russia may be preparing to depose Georgia’s government. “Russia must reverse the course it appears to be on and accept this peace agreement as a first step in resolving this conflict,” Bush said.
Deputy State Department spokesman Robert Wood said the US hoped the UN Security Council will make the point that these attacks have to stop. Russia needs to stand down, he said. “We are calling on Russia to stop its aggression.”
No Armed Hostilities in Georgia
No armed hostilities are taking place anywhere within Georgian territory at the moment, said Alexander Lomaya, Secretary of Georgia’s National Security Council. He said Russian troops control the regions of Mingrelia and South Ossetia.
“In Poti, Zugdidi, Senaki, and Gori, Russian occupation forces are acting in a proper fashion and do not engage in contact with the local populace,” Lomaya said. Russia has no plan to advance towards Tbilisi, Russian Foreign Ministry has announced.
Russian Troops Enter Poti
Speaking on Georgian television, Prime Minister Vladimir Gurgenidze told the nation that Russian troops have entered the port of Poti, AFP reports. There were no civilian casualties, he said. Russia’s Defence Ministry denies the claim.
Tbilisi Calm Despite Bombing
Reports from Tbilisi say there is no panic in the city. Russian warplanes bombed targets in Tbilisi today. Other than that, there is relative calm in the capital.
Georgia: No Russian Troops in Gori
Georgian President Mikhei Saakashvili refuted earlier reports that Russian forces would have taken Gori, RIA Novosti reports. Speaking at a meeting of Georgia’s National Security Council, Saakashvili said there were no Russian troops in Gori.
Saakashvili said the column of tanks spotted not far from Tbilisi belonged to the Georgian army, and was on its way to Gori. Russian military sources confirmed this, saying that there were no Russian troops either in Gori or near Tbilisi.
Saakashvili: Don’t Panic!
President Mikhei Saakashvili called on the population of Tbilisi not to panic as there was no threat to the capital “at least till tomorrow.”
“If the capital faces any danger you will know it 12 hours before. It is better if we all stayed at home,” he said in a televised address late on Monday.
Source: Civil Georgia
Russian Forces Leave Senaki
Russian forces removed the danger to its peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia from the Georgian military base in Senaki and withdrew from the town, RIA Novosti reported. Senaki, located in western Georgia, is the base of Georgia’s 2nd Infantry Brigade.
Russia to Continue Mission Until Logical End
Russia will bring the peacekeeping mission in [South Ossetia] to its logical conclusion, Vladimir Putin vowed. He said Russia will not be distracted from enforcing peace in the region. “I regret that some of our partners are not helping us but in fact are trying to impede us,” he added.
“What is striking is not the cynicism of the politicians. Politicians are as a rule cynical, but the scale of their cynicism: the ability to present black as white, the ability to present the aggressor as the victim and the victim as the aggressor and to put responsibility on the victims,” Putin said.
Russia Denies Advance on Tbilisi
Russia’s Defence Ministry denied Georgian claims that Russian forces would be advancing on Tbilisi, AFP reports. Russia did not and does not have any plans to advance toward Tbilisi, a ministry spokesman said to RIA Novosti.
Russian Ground Forces Invade Georgia
URGENT: Russian Ground Forces Invade Georgia, Georgian Army Retreats to Defend Capital; Government Appeals for Urgent International Intervention
Russian army has entered Georgian territory outside the conflict zones of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The Georgian army is retreating to defend the capital. The Government is urgently seeking international intervention.
European political leaders, including Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, are in Tbilisi meeting now with the President of Georgia to seek a way to stop the Russian onslaught.
Source: Georgian MFA
Saakashvili: Putin to The Hague!
Georgian President Mikhei Saakashvili will resign only when Putin gives himself up to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, according to Georgia’s Minister on Reintegration, Temur Yakobashvili.
Source: Kavkaz Center
Russia Occupies Significant Part of Georgia
Russia took over control of the major highway passing through Gori and “separated the country’s western part from the east,” President Saakashvili said at a session of National Security Council at 8:45pm on Monday.
It was earlier reported that Russian forces were in control of Gori. Russian forces also advanced deep into the Georgian territory from breakaway Abkhazia, taking control of Senaki, and are now moving further into east.
Source: Civil Georgia