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DNA - World - Georgian troops retreat under Russian onslaught - Daily News & Analysis

TBILISI: Georgian security forces have been forced to retreat amid Russian bombardment in a fierce battle for control of the South Ossetian rebel capital of Tskhinvali, officials said.   

"Russian armed forces are bombarding Tskhinvali," Georgian interior ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said after earlier claiming complete control of the city. "We have lost control over some parts of the city."   

Russian news agencies quoted witnesses and officials as saying hundreds of civilians had been killed. Buildings were ablaze and dead Georgian soldiers seen alongside destroyed tanks in the streets.   

A spokesman for Russian army chief Vladimir Boldyrev was quoted as saying that Russian tank and artillery units had destroyed Georgian positions around the city after entering separatist South Ossetia earlier on Friday.   

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 01:26:06 PM EST
Latest dispatches here have Bush and Putin discussing the matter in Beijing where both deserted the opening. Rice is sending an envoy to Georgia while Russia sent a note to NATO members asking (advising?) them to no longer support Georgia after the "open agression." The UN Security Council will hold another session within the next hour.

As already reported here the Russians have apparently wiped out most Georgian military bases around Tskhinvali and appear to control almost the entire province.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 02:21:10 PM EST
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I suspect the Georgian tactic here is to be roundly defeated by the Russians and then try to make it a situation where the big neighborhood bully is picking on them, hoping nobody remembers who started it...
by paving on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 02:25:11 PM EST
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"Look!  See?  Russia's invaded Georgian territory and started a war against us!  Isn't this exactly what Nato is meant to protect against?  Now you have to let us in ..."

It is a bit messy.  I've read Georgia is withdrawing 1000 troops from Iraq to send them to S Ossetia.  US can't be thrilled about that.  And I cannot for the life of me see what the US has to gain by getting involved in a war against Russia.  Sadly, I didn't see what we had to gain by invading Iraq either.  Sigh...  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Aug 8th, 2008 at 02:31:32 PM EST
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