Voices from Russia

Saturday, 30 August 2008

OSCE Report Points Finger at Georgia for South Ossetia Crisis

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe has accumulated evidence pointing to “numerous wrong decisions” made by the Georgian leadership that led to a military crisis with Russia, Der Spiegel said on Saturday. In a report to be published in its Monday edition, OSCE military observers in the Caucasus described detailed planning by Georgia to move into South Ossetia that contributed to the crisis, the German magazine said. The report also backed up Russian claims that the Georgian offensive was already in full swing by the time Russian troops and armoured vehicles entered the Roki Tunnel, on the border with Russia and South Ossetia, to protect its peacekeepers and the civilian population. The OSCE report also contains suspected war crimes committed by Georgians, who ordered attacks on sleeping South Ossetian civilians.

Georgia attacked South Ossetia on 8 August in an attempt to seize control over the separatist republic, which split from Tbilisi in the early 1990s. Most people living in South Ossetia have Russian citizenship and Moscow subsequently launched an operation to “compel Georgia to stand down”. The operation was concluded on 12 August. President Dmitri Medvedev signed decrees Tuesday recognising South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states and called on other countries to follow suit. Russia accused Georgia of committing “genocide” by launching the offensive in South Ossetia. Russia is calling for an international war crimes trial for the Georgian leadership, which Moscow says is responsible for massive loss of life in South Ossetia.

30 August 2008




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