Russia joins South Ossetian war
Friday, August 8, 2008
The Russian forces are being sent into the conflict on the Ossetian side.has escalated as
At 10:00 a.m. Georgian sources reported that three Russian attack aircraft invaded Georgian air space and dropped bombs onto a target near the town of Kareli. A later flight dropped one bomb near Gori. While no one was harmed in the second attack, seven people were reportedly injured by the first bombing. According to the , a speaker of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called this information "nonsense" and "rubbish".,
At 11:38 a.m. the President of Georgiaannounced the mobilization of reserve troops to withstand what he called "a large-scale military aggression" by Russia, and called Russia to stop the "bombardment of Georgian towns."
Vladimir Putin said that, "it is regrettable that on the day before the opening of the Olympic Games, the Georgian authorities have undertaken aggressive actions in South Ossetia."
The crisis broke out after days of heavy fighting in the region. On August 7 Georgian troops launched an offensive against the Ossetian town of, the separatist's capital.
The Georgian government claims that this is in reaction to attacks by "separatist rebels" on "unarmed civilians and peacekeeping forces" in villages near the town.
At the same time, the state news agency of South Ossetia reports that that Tskhinvali is under heavy artillery fire, with most or all of its population seeking shelter, and apparently a number of buildings already having been destroyed. The United Nations refugee agency.(ICRC) urged the two sides to set up a "humanitarian corridor" to evacuate civilians and the wounded. The main city hospital is reported not to be functioning, and ambulances can not reach the wounded. Thousands of refugees are leaving South Ossetia, mostly for North Ossetia, says the
Georgian officials have claimed that up to four Russian jets have been shot down while attacking Georgia.
Russia claimed ceasing all civilian aircraft flights to Georgia starting at midnight on August 9. In retaliatory response, Georgia is set to stop all Russian TV channels' broadcasts from August 9th onwards.
According to Russian state news agencyreporting at 9:21pm August 8th, a convoy of 20 vans carrying up to a total of 400 Russian volunteers has crossed from Russia's North Ossetia to South Ossetia.
The government of South Ossetia has announced that it will evacuate children in danger zones to Russia. This came after a speech made by, President of South Ossetia, which accused the Georgian government of "attempting to spark a full-scale war." Kokoity said that the conflict's victim count has reached 1400.
As of 10:51pm August 8th, 12 Russian peacemakers are reported dead and 150 wounded.
A video tape showing Georgianaircraft being downed was aired on Vesti Russian TV channel late night of August 8th. The pilot of the jet reportedly ejected, but was captured and killed on the ground by Ossetian military.
- "Official: Warplane Drops Bomb Outside Gori" — , August 8, 2008
- "Russian troops enter South Ossetia after Georgia offensive" — , August 8, 2008
- Press Release: Press center of the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia. "Statement of the Government of Georgia regarding the situation in the South Ossetia region of Georgia" — Government of Georgia, August 8, 2008
- "Tskhinval is under the most frightful fire" — , August 8, 2008
- Press Release: Press Office of the President of Georgia. "Declaration of Universal Mobilization by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili" — President of Georgia, August 8, 2008
- "Georgian army moves to retake South Ossetia" — , August 8, 2008
- "Russia sends forces into Georgian rebel conflict" — , August 8, 2008
- "Russian peacekeepers killed in S.Ossetia: Interfax" — , August 8, 2008
- "Russian planes attack Georgia" — , August 8, 2008
- "Thousands reportedly on the move in South Ossetia, says UN refugee agency" — , August 8, 2008
- "South Ossetia evacuates children" — , August 8, 2008
- "Сотни добровольцев из РФ пересекли границу в направлении Южной Осетии" — , August 8, 2008 (Russian)
- "В Цхинвали погибли 12 и ранены 150 российских миротворцев" — , August 8, 2008 (Russian)
- "Грузия прекращает вещание российских телеканалов" — , August 8, 2008 (Russian)
- "В Южной Осетии сбит Су-25 ВВС Грузии" — , August 9, 2008 (Russian)