Archive for Sunday, August 10, 2008

Russia, Georgia ‘in state of war’

August 10, 2008


— Russia and small, U.S.-allied Georgia headed toward a wider war Saturday as Russian tanks rumbled into the contested province of South Ossetia and Russian aircraft bombed a Georgian town and aircraft plant, escalating a conflict that already has left hundreds dead.

Georgia's Foreign Ministry said the country was "in a state of war" and accused Russia of beginning a "massive military aggression." The Georgian parliament approved a state of martial law, mobilizing reservists and ordering government authorities to work round-the-clock.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow sent troops into South Ossetia to force Georgia into a cease-fire and prevent Georgia from retaking control of its breakaway region after it launched a major offensive there overnight Friday.

In a meeting with refugees, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin characterized Georgia's actions as "complete genocide," according to his office's Web site. Putin also said Georgia had effectively lost the right to rule the breakaway province - an indication Moscow could be preparing to fulfill South Ossetians' wish to be absorbed into Russia.

The risk of the conflict setting off a wider war also increased Saturday when Russian-supported separatists in another breakaway region, Abkhazia, also targeted Georgian troops by launching air and artillery strikes to drive them out.

Georgia President Mikhail Saakashvili called it an "unprovoked brutal Russian invasion."

At a meeting of the U.N. Security Council Saturday, the third in three days on the issue, Russia refused to agree to a cease-fire or a diplomatic agreement. The move ensured that the fighting with Georgia would keep spilling into other regions such as Abkhazia's Kodori Ridge.


jmadison 9 years, 8 months ago

Any condemnations from Amnesty International or from the International Red Cross on the bombings of civilians?

George_Braziller 9 years, 8 months ago

Yet another ad nauseum mouth breather (non)comment from b3.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 8 months ago

wow,how'd this article make it into the paper? how'd this story get to be lead story or one of the top stories, all day on Fox News? according to the conspiracy nutbags we're all being manipulated, and the edwards scandal and the olympics will prevent us from hearing about this news! huh. just don't know how word is leaking out through the massive media manipulation! further, the democrats/far-left nuts think we have to bow to the UN for our international affairs, including Barry H. O'bama. word is that even now, this hour, the UN still can't do anything, can't bestir itself to form any kind of response!* this really should say something about those who want our national interests to be governed by the UN! it also illustrates the complete ignorance of Barry h. O'bama when it comes to international relations. finally, it clearly is Rusky agression. before the break of the soviet union, did the comrads in charge transport many russians to live in these two "break-away" regions of georgia? they tried that in the three baltic states, but fortunately the locals overcame it. anybody know if the "rebels" in these "break-away regions are really transplants, and the children of transplants from mother russia? most of the loonie left posters seem completely historically illiterate, so they probably don't know that for decades the soviet government forced resettlement for many minorities and "repopulated" their lands with russians.

Brent Garner 9 years, 8 months ago

If this aggression by Russia is allowed to stand all of us should look up some pre-WW2 history starting in 1935. I refer to the invasion of Ethiopia by Italy. The parallels here are alarming and the prospects are also. Do you think Iran is watching to see what the US and western Europe do? If we fail to stop the Russians and defend Georgia do you suppose Iran will conclude that we won't seriously try to stop their acquisitioin of nuclear weapons? Do you think the PRC is watching this and may well judge our willingness to defend Taiwan? I fear we are about to repeat a major mistake of the past complete with the dire outcomes it brought.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 8 months ago

RR,indeed. that was my point. in general, it is just silly to turn our national interests over to the UN! then, in this case, Barry H. O'bama doesn't seem to realize that this is out-of-the-park brainless to expect the UN to do something decisive! madmike, you're correct,haven't heard one word from Amnesty international and their ilk, and the ruskies did kill many georgian civilians. furthermore, it is clear this is russian agression. kinda makes you think that amnesty/ACLU might actually be pullin' for the Ruskies! after all, all through the 80's kerry kennedy and all the demorats in senate were so afraid of even upsetting the evil empire. they voted to stop Reagan from confronting them in space (which now works) and with nukes. they said Reagan was gonna start world war III. and yet, Reagan faced down the soviets.
worth noting, the Russians oppose our missile defense programs, probably because they then couldn't sell missile technology to places like Iran. and Barry H. O'bama wants to dismantle our SDI, the "starwars" defense, now that it actually has *defended our country by shooting down an incoming misguided satellite that could've had radiation or other harmful effects on americans. but then of course, Amerika isn't what it once was, isn't what it could be!

jaywalker 9 years, 8 months ago

First of all, and I truly want some response from those who have an idea, I've seen this 'new' poster called stillcoolandhere write several inflammatory posts tonight, and I've read others refer to a 'cool' before. Same person, or is there a charade going on? Whomever this new 'person' is, they seem hell-bent on getting banned ASAP. I haven't been logging on for more than a couple months, so I'm looking for vets to discern here.Second, to Brent or anyone who knows, I've only heard limited accounts of what's going on, but didn't Georgia make a move towards this occupied territory first only to have Russia retaliate? Not condoning anything, just trying to get the facts straight.From what I've heard there's no doubt that Russia was just waiting for this, but Georgia should have known what attempting to take back this territory was going to provoke.

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