Sunday, August 17, 2008

Russia will begin withdrawing tomorrow

The Russians have said they will begin withdrawing on Monday from Georgian territory. However the Russian President said forces that were supporting Russian peacekeepers would withdraw which indicates Russian forces will remain in South Ossetia, as peacekeepers.

Meanwhile the Georgian government are claiming that Russian troops working with Abkhazian separatists are seizing more territory for the breakaway region from Georgia and also continuing to carry out acts of sabotage against Georgian infrastructure such as the destruction of a bridge in the Kaspi district. South Ossetian militia are also claimed to be attacking civilians around Gori. Meanwhile 37,000 South Ossetian civilians (which is over half the population of the region isn't it?) have fled into Russia where they are living in emergency shelters.

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