Russia & Georgia At Dangerous Odds

 In military, War

Russian news which aired before the Russian invasion.


Russian tanks rolling into Georgia.

Georgia says it will withdraw 1,000 troops from Iraq as the conflict with Russia over the breakaway province of South Ossetia escalates towards all-out war.

Georgian troops

Georgian troops fire rocket missiles at separatists in South Ossetia

The Georgian Interior Ministry says Russian forces are in control of part of the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, while Russian TV channel Vesti-24 reported that Russian and Georgian troops had exchanged fire.

Georgia claims it has shot down five Russian warplanes.

The UN Security Council is due to discuss the crisis later.

US President George Bush and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, discussed the issue in Beijing, where they are at the Olympic opening ceremony.

The US State Department called for calm and is sending an envoy to South Ossetia to join international mediation efforts.

South Ossetian separatist leader Eduard Kokoity claimed hundreds of civilians had been killed in fighting.

The crisis was prompted by a Georgian move to retake the breakaway province and the death of 10 Russian peacekeepers.

Moscow responded by sending in tanks.

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