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Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Day of Mourning for the Victims of the Georgian Invasion of South Ossetia in Abkhazia

Filed under: Orthodox life,politics,Russian,war and conflict — 01varvara @ 00.00

Abkhazia declared Thursday, 14 August, as a day of mourning for the victims of the Georgian invasion of South Ossetia. This date also coincides with the 16th anniversary of the beginning of the Georgian-Abkhazian war in 1992. The decree concerning this was signed by Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh. Flags shall be flown at half-staff and all places of entertainment shall be closed. “After trampling on all international obligations for a peaceful settlement of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict it had agreed to, on 8 August 2008, the Georgian forces illegally invaded South Ossetia using aircraft, tanks, and infantry”, the presidential decree read. “As a result of the invasion by Georgia, genocide was unleashed against the South Ossetian people, thousands of innocent civilians died, the city of Tskhinvali and ten other towns were destroyed, and the peacekeeping contingent of the Russian forces was attacked, resulting in losses”, the decree noted.

14 August 2008

Interfax

http://www.interfax.ru/news.asp?id=27121

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Russian Forces Turned Over Control of Gori to the Georgian Civil Police

Filed under: military,politics,Russian,war and conflict — 01varvara @ 00.00

Russian troops withdrew from Gori in the direction of Tskhinvali, Major General Vyacheslav Borisov, the spokesman for the Defence Ministry, stated to Georgian journalists on the departure of the Russian forces from the city. “From tomorrow, the ordinary civil police shall be in control of the city. The previous reports that you heard, that the city was destroyed, that there is widespread looting, are all false and do not correspond to reality”, he emphasised. General Borisov said that he had taken Georgian officials and foreign ambassadors on a tour of Gori on Wednesday evening. “The buildings are safe and sound, and the water and electricity are on”, the general noted. “Some Russian troops shall be in the city for two more days in order to carry out a smooth transfer of control to the Georgian civil police, after which, they shall leave”, he stated. Aleksandr Maisuradze, the temporary head of administration for Gori municipality, told journalists that the civilian population could return home starting Thursday.

14 August 2008

Interfax

http://www.interfax.ru/news.asp?sec=1484

Shots were heard in Tskhinval after the Beginning of the Curfew

Russian troops on guard in Tskhinval

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Our RIA-Novosti correspondent reports that shots were heard in Tskhinval after the curfew began tonight. The soldiers who were guarding the hospital in the centre of town told us that military patrols open fire on all suspicious persons who refuse to stop when ordered. One of the townspeople told us that looters have appeared in Tskhinval, and they rob the wrecked shops. Furthermore, the same person told us that groups of Georgian saboteurs were found in the city limits. “Because of this, we need increased security in the city during the night-time hours”, he said.

13 August 2008

RIA-Novosti

http://www.rian.ru/osetia_news/20080813/150352349.html

Editor’s Note:

This is par for the course in a newly-liberated town. The Russian troops on patrol are nervous, and, no doubt, the locals are wise enough to stay indoors. Most of the shots heard were probably fired at stray cats or passing drunks. This would happen anywhere. In short, it sounds fairly blasé and normal. There are probably a few scattered Georgians hiding out, but they’ll be found out in the coming week. The reconstruction can start probably in another month or so, because of the need to make plans and clear booby-traps, mines, and unexploded shells.

BMD

 

Turkish Prime Minister Expresses His Solidarity with Russia in Regards to the Crisis in South Ossetia

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

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (1954- )

On Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Medvedev and said that he came to Moscow to show the solidarity of his country with Russia in regards to the crisis in South Ossetia. “This meeting gives us the possibility to reflect on the situation in South Ossetia yet again. The crisis allows us to look at the relations between our countries, for the solidarity between us has been of great value to the region”, Mr Erdoğan said at his meeting with the president at the resort dacha of Maindorf. He expressed the hope that the mutual solidarity of Russia and Turkey would deepen in future. In turn, President Medvedev said, “Such neighbouring countries as Russia and Turkey, which have such good and close relations, must compare notes when such problems appear. Unfortunately, one of those problems has appeared today. I have in mind the recent invasion of South Ossetia by Georgia”.

13 August 2008

RIA-Novosti

http://www.rian.ru/osetia_news/20080813/150351697.html

Editor’s Note:

If Bush is to rattle a credible sabre at Russia, he must have the unqualified support of Turkey. It looks like he does not have that. Do not forget that the EU has been spurning Turkey’s application for quite some time. Is this particular pigeon coming home to roost? This is not a good sign for Saakashvili. Stay tuned…

BMD

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