Posted tagged ‘Moscow’

Violence Escalates in Georgia

August 9, 2008
Wojtek Grzedzinski/Napo Images

Wojtek Grzedzinski/Napo Images

Welcome to Tbilisi,
Violence has escalated fiercely and Georgia and Russia are at all out war. Russian jets have begun bombing civilian buildings in South Ossetia to drive out the Georgians. At the same time rebels in Abkhazia have launched an attack on Georgia from the west. Russia’s escalation can be attributed to what President Medvedev said recently his goal was; “to force the Georgian side to peace”.

Russian PM Vladimir Putin stopped by the Russian front on his way back from Beijing. Both sides have been arguing over who controls South Ossetia’s capital, with Moscow saying it has “liberated” Tskhinvali.
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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…)