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South Ossetia: war actions are temporary stopped
August 11, 2008 19:38

Today the Georgian president has signed an order about a cease-fire. Georgia is going to put the law on Russia at the International Court of Justice after having killed about 2,000 people in Ossetia.

Moscow said the heavy fighting, which began early Friday, killed about 2,000 people, including 13 Russian peacekeepers. Tbilisi said it had lost up to 300 people, mostly civilians. About 30 000 local people had to leave their homes.

Tskhinvali, South Ossetian capital, is mostly destroyed. Hundreds of civilians are remained under debris. About 150 people are still under the destroyed on 8 August hospital.

According to Interfax today morning in the South Ossetia capital was rather calm and without shooting. Still the situation is rather tense. There are lots of dead bodies in the streets and under destroyed buildings.

The official Georgian side has not specified the rout for a safety evacuation of the wounded from Tskhinvali and hasnt guaranteed it wont fire the ambulance. At present all the wounded are carried out to Vladikovkaz. Karachaevo-Cherkessia is ready to give shelter to 2 000 refugees. The press service of the Karachaevo-Cherkessias president has claimed the refugees will be placed at hotels and health resorts. They will be provided with hot food, health care and psychological aid.

Russia is bringing two hospitals and humanitarian aid to Vladikavkaz. About 200 tons of products and 16 tons of medicines, six water purifying sets and electro generators will be delivered to South Ossetia.

Russian militants have rejected the information about Russian aviation and artillery attacks on the Georgian town of Gori. Yesterday Russian troopers entered the Georgian- Abkhazia conflict zone to support the joint CIS peacekeeping forces. This was done to avoid the situation with peacekeepers in South Ossetia. The contingent and military equipment were delivered to Abkhazia by military transport jets. The jets landed at the Sukhumi airport which had not function since the end of the Georgian-Abkhazian war.

Russia and Georgia has seized post connection, what is reported by the Russian Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communication.

South Ossetian State committee on Information informs that about 80 Georgian tanks are located near the town of Gori (Georgia), which are planned to be used in a new attack on Tskhinvali.

The leaders of European countries appeal Russia and Georgia to stop military actions in the region. Today the Georgian president has signed a cease-fire document at the presence of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of France and Finland Bernard Kouchner and Alexander Stubb. The Italian Foreign minister Franco Frattini has claimed that the French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner acts as a mediateor not to isolate Russia but to bring peace to the region. The European Unions aim now is return the before-war status quo. Mr. Frattini has appealed to Russia and Georgia to stop any military actions, claiming it complicates the negotiations on Georgias joining the NATO. The French president Nicolas Sarkozy is planning to visit Moscow in the nearest time to discuss with the Russian president the situation in battle zone in South Ossetia and the conflict in Abkhazia.


Irina Fomina


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