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Fighting Continues After Georgia-Russia Peacetalks


both sides ignore peacetalks… this is going to be a long week…
Russia Announces War Halt; Fighting Continues

Wired
August 12, 2008

Russian President Medvedev announced a halt to his country’s military operation in Georgia. But there are reports of continued bombings. And he said that Russian troops are still cleared to “eliminate” any enemy remaining in the contested region of South Ossetia.

The AP reports that “hours before the Russian announcement, Russian forces bombed the crossroads city of Gori and launched an offensive in the part of separatist Abkhazia still under Georgian control, sending in 135 military vehicles – including tanks – and tightening the assault on the beleaguered nation.” In Poti, a port city in western Georgia, a New York Times correspondent heard bombs falling around an hour after Mr. Medvedev’s statement.

Russian defense official Anatoly Nogovitsyn tells the Times that Russian military actions could continue. “If you receive the order to cease fire, this would not mean that we would stop all operations, including reconnaissance operations,” he said.

 

Russia Prepares for Naval Blockade of Georgia, Bombs Major Oil Supplier to the West

Kommersant
August 12, 2008

Ships are grouping in the Black Sea near the Georgian aquatic border. A unnamed naval source has said that the move is necessary to prevent arms deliveries to Georgia by sea. He added that the naval blockade of Georgia will help avoid escalation of military actions in Abkhazia. Radio station Echo of Moscow reports that several Georgian Internet publications have confirmed that the Russian Black Sea fleet is regrouping.
Witnesses say that several Georgian military vessels attempted to approach the coast of Abkhazia. The Interfax correspondent in Sukhumi reports that the Georgian attempt was countered by the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which opened preventative fire. The Interfax information was confirmed by enforcement bodies in Abkhazia.

Apparently, after Georgian forces were repulsed from Tskhinvali, air connections with Georgian were broken and Georgian military activity was suppressed and Russia began economic suppression.

Georgia in the meantime is accusing Russia of attempting to blow up the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Georgian Minister of Economic Development Ekaterina Sharashidze stated that Russian Air Force planes attacked the pipeline, but missed their target. “That makes it clear that the targets of the Russian military were not only Georgian economic objects, but international objects on Georgian territory,” she said. Reports were received throughout the day that Russian military planes struck targets in Georgia, however, they were military, not economic.

The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline runs a total of 1768 km., of which 443 km. stretches through Azerbaijan, 249 km. through Georgia and 1076 km. through Turkey. Construction of the pipeline began in 2003 and it began to pump oil on May 18, 2005. About 1 million barrels of oil per year are pumped through the pipeline. Construction of the pipeline cost $4 billion, not counting the filling of the pipeline, financial servicing or interest costs. The shareholders in the pipeline are BP (30,1%), AzBTC (25%), Chevron (8,9%), StatoilHydro (8,71%), ТРАО (6,53%), ENI (5%), Total (5%), Itochu (3,4%), Inpex (2,5%), ConocoPhillips (2,5%) and Hess (2,36%).

 

Georgia resumes shelling of S. Ossetia, troops shooting refugees after call for peacetalks

Russia Today
August 11, 2008

Authorities in South Ossetia say Georgian troops have shelled the road being used for evacuating people from the conflict zone, according to Russian Interfax news agency. Attacks are continuing in the South Ossetian region, despite claims from Georgia that it was imposing a ceasefire.

There have been several explosions in the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, after it came under a renewed shelling attack. Several Russian troops have been wounded.

It said that Russian forces have shot down a Georgian military plane in South Ossetia in the area around Eredvi.

Russian humanitarian aid has begun to arrive in the breakaway region’s capital.

Tskhinvali is back under peacekeepers’ control, as Russian troops disarm Georgians, who still remain in the city.

Moscow is sending more troops to South Ossetia. And military investigators have already started working in Tskhinvali to collect evidence of war crimes.

1600 civilians are thought to have died in South Ossetia. 15 Russian peacekeepers were killed with 70 others were wounded. Georgia claims 50 of its troops have been killed, and around 300 wounded.

 

Russian news agencies report sunken Georgian ship

Washington Times
August 10, 2008

Russian news agencies say the Defense Ministry is claiming to have sunk a Georgian missile boat that was trying to attack Russian navy ships in the Black Sea.

Russia’s Defense Ministry refused to comment on the Sunday reports to The Associated Press and Georgian officials could not immediately be reached.

If confirmed, the incident could mark a serious escalation of the fighting between Russia and Georgia over the separatist Georgian province of South Ossetia.

“Georgian missile patrol boats today made two attempts to attack Russian military ships. The Russian ships opened fire in response and as a result, one of the Georgian ships carrying out the attack was sunk,” the ITAR-Tass news agency quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

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Russian Forces Capture Military Base in Georgia
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/12/w..=world&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Live webcam from Tbilisi
http://tvali.ge/index.php?action=cameras

Neocons Call For U.S. To Launch War Against Russia
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/08/11/neocon-russia-war/

Georgia: America admits it has few options for dealing with Russia-Georgia war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new..ns-for-dealing-with-Russia-Georgia-war.html

Georgian minister: We won’t cede to Russians
http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/C..tPreview/1,2506,L-3580432,00.html

Swarms of Russian jets bomb Georgian targets
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D92G35OO0&show_article=1

Bush Warns Russia To Pull Back
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D92GC5G80&show_article=1

Cheney: Russian Offensive Will Not Go Unanswered
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D92GC5G80&show_article=1

Ukraine threatens to bar Russian warships
http://www.reuters.com/article/asiaCrisis/idUSLA480092

Georgia Overrun By Russian Troops
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news..ssian-troops-scale-ground-invasion-begins.html

Tbilisi civilian airport hit in Russian air strike
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/rtrs/2008081..etia-runway-bd5ae06.html

McCain warns Russians of “severe, long-term negative consequences”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080811/pl_politico/19061_1

US military surprised by speed, timing of Russia military action
Israelis in Georgia warn of impending disaster
Operation Dagestan
Zbig: Russian Invasion Like Stalin’s Invasion Of Finland

 


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