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Russia captures Gori, Americans pull out of Georgia

August 11, 2008

In what seems to be a steady stream of breaking news a new story has developed.

The Red area is land no longer under Georgian control. The Orange is occupied or disputed Georgian territory. This is an approximation since information is difficult to acquire in a war zone.

The Red area is land no longer under Georgian control. The Orange is occupied or disputed Georgian territory. This is an approximation since information is difficult to acquire in a war zone.

The United States State Department has evacuated over 170 Americans from the Republic of Georgia as news of the Russian occupation of Gori spread. Two different convoys have left Tbilisi with 170 Americans along with their family members on their way to Armenia. The United States is sending in more convoys in order to remove any other Americans from the war zone. The Russian military is citing the takeover of Gori as a way to prevent attacks from Georgia into South Ossetia.

Gori is a key Georgian city on the way to the capital of Tbilisi. The Russian’s have denied having Russian troops on the ground in Gori, however eyewitness accounts differ. (more…)

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Russia Invades Georgia

August 8, 2008

Tbilisi, Georgia today Russia invaded the small caucus state of Georgia. Tanks have rolled in and aerial bombing of the region of South Ossetia has begun.

Russian tanks rolling into Georgia

Russian tanks rolling into Georgia

South Ossetia is a Georgian province which has been claimed by Russia as their own. Recent violence in the region has prompted the Georgian military to crack down on the rebels and Russia responded in kind. Believing that this was their land the Russians moved to “defend” their land.

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said “Georgia will not yield its territory or renounce its freedom.”

Shota Utiashvili, a spokesman for the Georgian Ministry of the Interior said “Around 10 a.m. Friday, Georgia said Russian military aircraft violated Georgian airspace and dropped two bombs on Kareli, a part of Georgia that is about 50 miles northwest of the capital, Tblisi, and is not in the conflict zone” (more…)