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Friday, 8 August 2008

Who Caused Their Tears?

Filed under: diplomacy,patriotic,Russian,war and conflict — 01varvara @ 00.00

What follows are photographs of civilian refugees from the Georgian aggression in South Ossetia. Russians have opened their hearts to these people. The Don Cossack Host, for instance, is taking 400 children in. The Cossacks prove their greatness of soul by this. No doubt, they shall ask the kids who hurt them. The Georgians shall be sorry they targeted civilian towns! There is no doubt that Saakashvili shall fall after the failure of his abortive American-backed invasion.

Shall America learn… God willing, yes, but…

BMD

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When you see the lies on CNN or NPR or in the New York Times, remember these pictures. Georgia targeted civilian areas in South Ossetia. No decent person should stand for such. America supported such targeting… for shame!

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Vara Drezhlo

Friday 8 August 2008

Albany NY

The War in South Ossetia: The Second Night

Filed under: diplomacy,military,NATO,politics,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Conflict continues in the Georgian-Ossetian war zone, in Tbilisi, the evacuation of civilians from strategic areas is proposed, and the President of Georgia is ready to impose martial law throughout the country.

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After a calm of several hours in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali, firing began again. The commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces reported to our Interfax correspondent that there is furious fighting in the southern outskirts of the city between Russian forces and units of the Georgian regular army. The South Ossetian government confirmed this information. An official representative of the republic, Irina Gagloeva, stated that Tskhinvali is still under the control of the Ossetian armed forces. “At present (22.45 MST, 18.45 GMT, 14.45 EDT), the entire city of Tskhinvali is under the control of the defence forces of the Republic of South Ossetia. Now, the Georgian forces are attempting to break through in the southern suburbs of Tskhinvali. As a result, combat is taking place”, Ms Gagloev stated.

Later, the commander of the mixed peacekeeping force (SSPM) in the Georgian-Ossetian zone, Marat Kulakhmetov, stated that Tskhinvali is virtually all in the hands of the South Ossetian forces. “At present, South Ossetian forces have established control over the largest part of the city, and the Georgian forces control only pockets in the southern outskirts of the city”, he said, adding that the peacekeeping force, despite the casualties it suffered in the current fighting,  would carry on and remain at their posts. “We shall not retreat, we shall continue to carry out the tasks that are entrusted to us”, he said.

Furthermore, information from the Georgian media confirmed that fighting had resumed outside the South Ossetian capital, and that units of the South Ossetian forces operating in the forests had ambushed Georgian forces. Furthermore, according to reports from Tbilisi, there was skirmishing near the Georgian city of Gori. It is known that around 22.00 MST (18.00 GMT, 14.00 EDT), a Georgian column of about 20 military lorries left Batum, driving in the direction of South Ossetia. Eyewitnesses told Interfax that there were about 10 soldiers in each vehicle, thus, the total force was about 200 soldiers, accompanied by civil road police. Also, information was received that South Ossetian forces had shot down a Georgian attack aircraft. According to the TV channel Vesti (News), after the aircraft was hit, it caught fire, and crashed in the sight of local observers. A videotape confirmed the downing of the plane. As of now, nothing is known of the fate of the pilot.

Marat Kulakhmetov stated that the situation as of 00.51 MST (20.51 GMT, 16.51 EDT) was relatively calm in the vicinity of Tskhinvali. “For the last two hours, the situation in Tskhinvali has been relatively calm”, he stated to a correspondent of the TV channel Vesti. “At present, both sides are tensely awaiting the resumption of combat. No one hides this fact. The Georgian side is regrouping, whilst the Ossetian side is preparing to repulse another attack”.

Meanwhile, the Georgian TV network Rustavi-2 reported that Russian warplanes struck the port of Poti and a military base in Senaki on Friday evening. Reports on the same TV network, according to high sources in the Georgian government, said that Georgian servicemen had blown up the bridge on the Zarskoi Road connecting the Dzhavsky region with the Rokskim tunnel. Furthermore, other Georgian media report impacts of tactical missiles, according to the Georgian Ministry of Defence, at Vaziani military airfield and at Khoni. According to the same sources, sections of the Tbilisi-Zugdidi main railway line were destroyed, and there were air strikes on the upper part of the Kodor Gorge.

At 01.15 MST (19.15 GMT, 15.15 GMT), the official representative of the South Ossetian government, Irina Gagloeva, reported that all Georgian military units had been driven out of Tskhinvali. “Now, there is an ominous silence above the city, the skirmishes have ceased. The city is entirely cleared of Georgian military units”, she said, after saying that she had no information concerning the situation on the heights around the city. It is true that the government of Georgia denied these reports, state minister Temur Yakobashvili saying that all the Russian reports were lies. “Tskhinvali is completely in the hands of Georgian troops. Moreover, we control all populated areas in South Ossetia except Dzhavy and the Rokskim tunnel”, Mr Yakobashvili said. He also said, “The President of Georgia is constantly ringing up world leaders and is expressing his anxiety over the situation. This is a patriotic war for Georgia, and we shall not yield even one handful of our soil. This is not a conflict over the Tskhinvali region; it is a patriotic war against Russia”.

Later, our Interfax correspondent reported that the positions of the SSPM force were bombarded by mortar fire from Georgian positions; this was confirmed by Russian journalists with the Russian forces, starting at 01.30 MST (19.30 GMT, 15.30 EDT). The fire was so heavy that the journalists had to seek safety in a bunker. Ossetian spokesman Irina Gagloeva confirmed the resumption of bombardment by the Georgian side. “The intensity of the bombardment from all forms of artillery is almost as heavy as yesterday”, she said.

Meanwhile, the commander of the SSPM force, Marat Kulakhmetov, stated to the TV channel Vesti, “At present, Georgian artillery is firing on the residential areas of Tskhinvali. It is being accomplished by heavy artillery. Practically the entire city is coming under fire”. However, later, Mr Kulakhmetov reported that the Georgian bombardment had ended.

Furthermore, it became known that civilians were being evacuated from strategic areas in Tbilisi and that governmental offices were moving out of the city. In certain residential areas of Tbilisi, the entire population is being evacuated, per Georgian media reports. According to very late reports, the secretary of the Georgian National Security Council, Kakha Lomaya, told journalists that President Mikhail Saakashvili plans to introduce martial law. “President Saakashvili shall declare martial law in Georgia. We shall also introduce a curfew”, he stated.

8 August 2008

Mariya Khristianova

Interfax

http://www.interfax.ru/politics/txt.asp?id=25995

Editor’s Note:

God grant the victory to our Russian Orthodox host!

My readers should note that one story is being told by a straight-talking Tatar general and another is being told by a slippery Georgian politician. It’s no contest as to whom to believe! A Russian armoured column is on its way to relieve Tskhinvali, and the Georgians shall be driven out in short order. Saakashvili is on his last legs, and his panicky imposition of martial law shows it. Could he be the first American puppet to fall? God willing, the answer shall be YES, emphatically. The USA had best send no troops or aid to Georgia, for it is a “bridge too far”. God willing, the USA shall learn a lesson from this, but, I am not sanguine about that.

God bless the Russian troops in their endeavours, they are standing tall against American hedonism and nihilism. They are standing for all the world in that, and they deserve our prayers and support. God bless the Christ-loving Orthodox host, as the petition in the liturgy says. They are standing for the good of Orthodoxy against the evil of secularism. God preserve you all.

BMD

Religious Leaders of Russia Issue a Call for the Bloodshed to End in South Ossetia

Fr Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- ), Deputy Head of the MP DECR, prominent MP spokesman

The religious leaders of Russia issued a call for the parties in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict to come to their senses and stop the mindless bloodshed in the region. The current events in South Ossetia are upsetting to all the religious confessions in Russia. Patriarch Aleksei II of Moscow and all Russia urged immediate negotiations between the various sides involved in the war. “On the night of 8 August 2008, sorrow, death, and destruction came down upon the earth. We saw numerous innocent civilian victims; we saw the destruction of populated areas and the infrastructure of [South Ossetia]. Stop this immediately! Do not spill any more blood; do not enlarge the present conflict!” the patriarch’s encyclical on the subject read.

Sources in the Moscow Patriarchate believe that it is necessary for all the sides involved to immediately proclaim a ceasefire and return to reasoned dialogue on the problem. Indeed, what is worse is that those who are attacking one another are fellow Orthodox Christians. Moreover, they are neighbouring Orthodox peoples, called by Our Lord Himself to live in brotherhood and love. “To use warfare and fighting… this is in contradiction to the Christian principles of peaceful coexistence”, said Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, a representative of the MP.

“Our church is ready to combine efforts with those of the Georgian church to make a serious effort at peacemaking. I think that if we turn to the peaceful spirit of the Gospel, listening to the voices of the wise pastors of the church, of the two wise First Hierarchs of two Local Churches, His Holiness Patriarch Aleksei and His Holiness Patriarch Ilya, it will help us to turn away from conflict and bloodshed so that it does not spread into other regions. We know how dangerous the spread of international conflicts can be. We know that the world wars began because of the escalation of local conflicts. Therefore, today, it is very important, in the light of our common Christian heritage, to reflect on the fact that the majority of Ossetians and virtually all Georgians are Orthodox Christians. We should sit down at the negotiation table to thrash out our differences, to stop the bloodshed, and to ensure that the feelings of all sides would be respected and all sides would feel safe living together”.

Today, all Christian confessions of Russia call for an end to the invasion, as do the organisations representing Jews and Buddhists. The Council of Muftis of Russia consider that such an invasion shall lead to no good, but, all that it will do is separate the peoples of all the sides involved. “It is impossible to measure the price of a human life! There is nothing equivalent to this gift of God! Some may believe that is good to kill to conquer a land, to win glory as a conqueror, and to top it all, say that it is part of the faith! Then… look into the eyes of the widow, of the orphan, and the mother who buried her son! When you stand in judgement before Almighty God, the blood of those you killed will cry out against you! Their cry is also our prayer and cry. People, realise what you are doing! You will make [your own judgement]!” a statement of the muftis said.

8 August 2008

Milena Faustova

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=rus&q=79613&cid=22&p=08.08.2008

Georgian Invasion of South Ossetia Can Cause a Humanitarian Disaster

Filed under: diplomacy,military,NATO,politics,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Georgian aggressor

The Georgian invasion of South Ossetia places it on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. The eventws we see today in the Trans-Caucasus can be called a war of extermination. The entire Georgian military establishment is directed at a republic with a population of fewer than 100,000, using the most up-to-date weapons available to it. The capital of the republic, Tskhinvali is subjected to massive aerial bombardment, salvoes of artillery fire, and shells fired from tanks and mortars. Numerous fires are burning in the city and destruction can be seen everywhere. Many buildings have been destroyed, including the parliament and many other high-rise buildings.

Oleg Teiziyev, a member of North Ossetian Public Chamber now in the capital of South Ossetia, said that the city is systematically being reduced to ruin. Outside of the capital, the destruction is just as extensive. Dmitri Medoyev, a representative of South Ossetia in Russia, describes the situation like this.Georgian warplanes are continually flying over the capital, bombing it mercilessly. Five populated areas have been razed to the ground, together with their residents. Medical help is prevented from reaching them; ambulances are fired at by Georgian snipers”.

Georgian planes are reported to have bombed a humanitarian convoy travelling from North Ossetia to the war zone. Mr Medoyev described these events as ethnic cleansing, aimed at driving all Ossetians out of South Ossetia. Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of the criminal policy of Georgia, but, troops of the Russian peacekeeping contingent have also been killed and injured. The death toll is unknown, but, is believed to be in the hundreds, if not the thousands. The tactical methods chosen by the Georgian leadership for their forces, including massive indiscriminate barrage fire by artillery, inevitably leads to heavy losses among the civilian population. Certainly, one cannot forget the suffering of thousands of Ossetian refugees forced to flee their homes for their very lives. The Georgian leadership ought to know that their ill-advised action will have dire fallout, including being charged with war crimes…

8 August 2008

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=rus&q=79575&cid=21&p=08.08.2008

Editor’s Note:

Firing at ambulances… bombing humanitarian convoys… the deliberate targeting of civilian housing estates… it all sounds like a very bad replay of NATO’s 1999 Operation Merciful Angel in Serbia. This is clear to me… NATO is as criminal an organisation as was the SS, and it deserves the same fate. NATO had a purpose until 1991, and was not criminal. Indeed, it served a good purpose. Now, however, it is nothing but a cat’s-paw for the nastier aspects of American policy, and it must be put down for the good of the world. Georgia was seeking to enter this criminal cabal, note well that NATO has not unambiguously condemned this felonious invasion.

Shall the Georgian leadership be tried at The Hague? Or, is that reserved for Serbs? America stands before the world with its gotchies around its ankles. How did we get to such a state? Previous generations of Americans would be nauseated at our present behaviour. We have trampled our precious national heritage into the muck… for what? So that George Bush’s pals can have a better balance-sheet? For shame!

BMD

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