Sunday, August 10, 2008

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Whose is the earth/land country? Before year hear newsletter, whose was the language, temple, citizen population, temple ? No freedom country, neighbor countries enter rebate. Do not rebate. move side border quite day. Do not fight war. Have question newsletter? War killed mistake fight bombblast 1500 dead people.

Kevin O’Flynn, Moscow
Russia steps up attacks and blockade as Georgians retreat
Russia escalated its conflict with Georgia today, launching further airstrikes and a naval blockade, despite the withdrawal of Georgian forces from the breakaway province of South Ossetia.
As the international community called on Moscow to halt its offensive, a damaging new front opened in the province of Abkhazia, where 4,000 Russian troops were reinforcing rebels committed to breaking away from Tiblisi’s rule.
President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia accused Russia of trying to overthrow his government, but Moscow vowed to continue the fight, saying that Georgian officials could face charges of war crimes for attacking the South Ossetian capital on Thursday.
Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, hinted today that South Ossetia could be subsumed into Russia, and laid responsibility for the fighting at Nato’s door.
"Georgia's aspiration to join Nato ... is driven by its attempt to drag other nations and peoples into its bloody adventures," he said.
Russia’s expanded offensive included an attempt to blockade Georgia by sea. “It [the blockade] is necessary for preventing arms shipments to Georgia by sea," a naval source told the Interfax news agency.
Russian jets also struck at a military airfield only a few miles from the capital Tbilisi. The Russian army claims that Georgian forces were still active in South Ossetia.
Georgian officials said that 4,000 Russian troops were expected to land in Abkhazia and there are fears that Russia could strike into Georgian territory from there.
Abkhaz fighters began to attack the Kodori Gorge, a region in Abkhazia that Georgia took back in 2006, and Georgian officials said Russian jets were attacking the area.
Georgians began evacuating residents from the town of Zugudidi located close to the border with Abkhazia. “Police cars are driving round telling the population through loudspeakers to prepare for evacuation,” a resident said.
The White House said Russia’s military action in the Georgia was “dangerous and disproportionate” and that any further escalation of the conflict could harm bilateral ties.
“We have made it clear to the Russians that this will have a significant long term impact on US-Russian relations,” Jim Jeffrey, deputy National Security Adviser, said.
A spokesman for Gordon Brown called for a cessation of hostilities: "We are urging an immediate ceasefire to the fighting in South Ossetia and calling for a resumption of direct dialogue between the parties."
But on the ground, despite Georgia's withdrawal, the situation in Tskhinvali remained bleak with hundreds of people stuck in basements and bodies lying unburied in the streets.
“There are lots of Georgian bodies in different parts of the city,” said Irina Gagloeva, a South Ossetian government official.
“There is a whole entrance of a house full of bodies on Geroyev street, there is a body of the dead in all the house and something needs to be done quickly,” one resident said, saying that there were no coffins in the town as they had all burnt in the fighting.
Georgia's withdrawal from South Ossetia comes just three days after it launched airstrikes and missiles on the small town of Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway republic, in an attempt to force the region back under its control.
President Dmitry Medvedev said he was ordering the military prosecutor to document crimes against civilians in South Ossetia. Both sides have accused each other of atrocities. None have, as yet, been proven.

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