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  • Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel [Europe]

    02/09/2009 1:55:07 AM PST · by Cindy · 315+ views
    OSAC.GOV ^ | February 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: "YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Georgia Carjacking; Concerns over Highway Travel CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Europe - Georgia 7 Feb 2009" SNIPPET: "U.S. Embassy Tbilisi issued the following Warden Message on February 7: The U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi would like to inform American citizens that an armed carjacking occurred February 7 on the main east-west highway near Igoeti. The vehicle was taken to South Ossetia and a telephone belonging to one of the victims was used to make a ransom demand. While this believed...
  • Russian-backed paramilitaries 'ethnically cleansing villages'

    08/27/2008 11:14:53 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 295+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 27, 2008 | James Hider
    Russian-backed paramilitaries are ethnically cleansing villages inside a buffer zone within Georgia, refugees from the area and officials in the nearby town of Gori told The Times today. The South Ossetian militiamen have torched houses, beaten elderly people and even murdered civilians in the lawless zone just north of Gori, set up by the Russian army, close to the border with the breakaway republic whose independence Russia recognised this week, locals said. The violence has triggered a new wave of refugees into Gori, 40 miles north of Tblisi. People who had started to return to their villages in the area...
  • Georgia official: Train on fire after hitting mine

    08/24/2008 3:51:45 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 10 replies · 171+ views
    TBILISI, Georgia - A train carrying oil products hit a land mine near Georgia's strategic central city of Gori on Sunday, causing at least two tanker cars to burst into flames, a government official said. A television report however said 10 tanker cars were on fire about 6 miles east of Gori. Television footage showed large clouds of black smoke billowing from the site. There were no immediate reports casualties, though a television report said two houses were damaged and windows were blown out. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili blamed Russia for the blast.
  • Georgia back in control of strategic road

    08/23/2008 1:18:09 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 2 replies · 63+ views
    Wa Po ^ | August 23, 2008 | Margarita Antidze
    GORI, Georgia (Reuters) - Georgian troops were back in control of the country's main East-West highway on Saturday after Russian forces pulled back, but Washington slammed the Kremlin for keeping a force in Georgia's heartland. Russia says it will permanently station what it calls peacekeeping troops deep inside Georgia -- a step it says is to prevent new bloodshed and which the United States has branded a violation of a ceasefire deal. A Reuters reporter on Saturday saw Russian soldiers manning a checkpoint in the village of Karaleti, six km (four miles) north of the Georgian town of Gori and...
  • Russia begins withdrawal from Gori - Tbilisi

    08/22/2008 3:53:32 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 13 replies · 98+ views
    TBILISI (Thomson Financial) - Russian forces have begun withdrawing from the flashpoint Georgian city of Gori and have promised to leave there by 5:00 pm, (1300 GMT), a senior Georgian official told AFP Friday. "Russian General (Vyacheslav) Borisov told me that the Russians will leave Gori today by 5:00 pm and that by 8:00 pm they will be in Java (in South Ossetia)," Georgian National Security Council Secretary Alexander Lomaia said by telephone from Gori. "I can confirm that the Russians have already abolished two checkpoints in Gori and that 13 Russian armoured vehicles have left the city," he said.
  • Georgia conflict: Russians pull out of Gori

    08/22/2008 6:56:22 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 28+ views
    Russian troops have left the key Georgian town of Gori and are pulling out from surrounding areas, a senior Georgian official said. National Security Council official Kakha Lomaia did not specify whether Russian troops had removed checkpoints on Georgia's main east-west highway skirting the town. "I can officially confirm that Russian troops have left Gori and are leaving areas around Gori," he said. Russian troops pushed into Georgia this month after pouring over the Russian border to repel an offensive by Georgian troops aimed at retaking South Ossetia's separatist capital, Tskhinvali. Mr Lomaia said earlier that the Russian commander in...
  • Georgian Anger Builds in Gori

    08/20/2008 3:13:54 PM PDT · by MarMema · 19 replies · 112+ views
    wall street journal ^ | 8-20-08 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    "You are in the wrong. Why are you here, taking away our land? This is Georgian land, not Russian," 78-year-old Guram Psuturi harangued a Russian soldier he encountered on the city's main square, dominated by a giant statue of the Gori-born Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. "When are you going to leave here?" shouted an old woman nearby. The soldier, who declined to give his name but said he hails from Chechnya, itself the target of Russian military might in the past, responded with an embarrassed smile. "How can I know when we leave? This is all up to the governments...
  • Russian tanks begin withdrawal from Gori

    08/19/2008 9:28:43 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 46+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 19, 2008 | Luke Harding, Tom Parfitt, Julian Borger, Mark Tran
    Russian troops, tanks and armoured vehicles today began to withdraw from the Georgian town of Gori. The withdrawal was the first indication that Moscow was reducing its military presence in Georgia under an EU-brokered ceasefire. "I order you to carry out a march along the route Gori-Tshkinvali-Vladikavkaz," a senior Russian officer told troops before getting into an armoured vehicle. In scorching heat, four Russian armoured vehicles, several tanks, a mobile rocket launcher and trucks set off in the direction of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia province. Russian soldiers waved and smiled as the column left. The vehicles passed the village of...
  • Russia claims pullback but forces move other way

    08/18/2008 5:25:48 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 26 replies · 52+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | August 18, 2008 | Mike Eckel
    GORI, Georgia - Russia said Monday it had begun withdrawing from the conflict zone in Georgia, but it held fast to key positions and sent some of its troops in the opposite direction — closer to the Georgian capital. Russian troops and vehicles roamed freely around the strategically located central city of Gori, Russian forces appeared to blow up the runway at a military base in the western town of Senaki. There were few signs Russia was following the terms of a cease-fire to end the short war, which has driven tensions between Russia and the West to some of...
  • Despite pledge to withdraw, Russians seize more ground in Georgia

    08/18/2008 5:22:37 PM PDT · by justa-hairyape · 9 replies · 156+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | August 18, 2008 | Tom Lasseter and Shashank Bengali
    IGOETI, Georgia — Despite assurances that it would withdraw troops from Georgia starting Monday, the Russian military operated with impunity as its forces moved convoys in and out of the city of Gori and plowed through a police roadblock in this town some 25 miles northwest of Tbilisi , the capital. In Washington , senior defense officials cited "troubling" intelligence that Russia had set up short-range ballistic missile launchers in South Ossetia . The SS-21 missiles have a range of 40 to 70 miles, meaning they can reach the capital from practically any part of South Ossetia , which Russian...
  • Troops show no signs of leaving Gori despite Russian promises

    08/18/2008 10:35:30 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 95+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 18, 2008 | Mark Tran
    Russian forces were today seen strengthening their positions in the city of Gori, despite assurances that they had started to withdraw troops from Georgia under a French-brokered peace plan. "The pull-out of peacekeeping forces started today," Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff of Russia's military, told a daily official briefing in Moscow. However in Gori, 55 miles west of the capital, Tbilisi, Russian forces showed no sign of leaving and appeared to be digging in. The only movement seen by Associated Press reporters was in the opposite direction from Russia — toward the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. In...
  • Report: Russia troops open road to Gori

    08/18/2008 5:09:48 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 10 replies · 61+ views
    Tbilisi, Georgia - Russian troops had re-opened from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to Russian-occupied Gori on Monday in what was perhaps the first sign of a promised Russian withdrawal. A Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa reporter saw diplomatic and civilian traffic being waved through a Russian military checkpoint along the East-West highway about 40 kilometers from the capital Tbilisi. Vehicles of returning refugees were being searched by Russian troops, the dpa journalist said. The border city of Gori, which lies 10 kilometers into Georgia proper along the only approach to the breakaway region of South Ossetia, has been under Russian control...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-WarEndur.Freedom 8/18/08 Gori,Kikhvi,Senaki,Tskhinvali,Kvemoachabeti

    08/18/2008 6:05:35 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 11 replies · 248+ views
    Yahoo, AP, Reuters, and the usual suspects | August 18, 2008 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 8/18/08 - Gori, Kikhvi, Senaki, Tskhinvali, Kvemoachabeti BREAKING: Kikhvi - Russians and Putin burning Kikhvi BREAKING: Senaki - Russians take Georgian military airbase BREAKING: Tskhinvali - Russians continue havoc and terrorism BREAKING: Kvemoachabeti - Abandoned by the Bear's Claw QFN ==== YE OLDE QUAGMIRE-FREE NEWS Exclusive to FReerepublic PICTURES YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT SEE IN THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA =========== Gori =========== In Gori, 50 miles from Tbilisi. Outside Gori ========= Kikhvi ========= In Kikhvi, experts in pogroms, Russians burn the village, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. ========= Senaki ========= In Senaki, Russians take...
  • Georgia conflict: Russia refuses to honour withdrawal plan

    08/17/2008 9:09:25 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 29 replies · 423+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 17, 2008 | Adrian Blomfield
    Russian forces have refused to hand over control of the strategic town of Gori to Georgian police amid signs that Moscow was attempting to drag out its promised troop withdrawal for as long as possible. General Vyacheslav Borisov, the commander leading Russia's advance in northeastern Georgia, claimed that his troops had begun to pull out of the breakaway region of South Ossetia, the crucible of the conflict between the two ex-Soviet neighbours. But, typifying the kind of claim and counterclaim that has characterized the past few days, Russia's defence ministry denied that and withdrawal was underway and hinted that it...
  • Russia: Georgia plans "provocative act" in Gori

    08/17/2008 8:41:17 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 33 replies · 93+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:52pm BST
    MOSCOW, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Russia's Defence Ministry said on Sunday that Georgia was planning a "major provocative act" in the Georgian town of Gori...
  • Russia says it will start pulling troops from Georgia [on Monday]

    08/17/2008 7:16:14 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 18 replies · 446+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, August 17, 2008 | Matt Robinson
    GORI, Georgia (Reuters) - Russia announced to the West it would begin withdrawing forces from Georgia on Monday after a war that dealt a humiliating blow to the Black Sea state and raised fears for energy supplies to Europe. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Sunday that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had told him by telephone that forces would begin leaving around midday on Monday. Sarkozy, representing the European Union, said failure to pull out under a ceasefire deal would have "serious consequences" for ties with the EU. Sunday saw no evidence of fighting, but Russian troops continued to man...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 08/16/08

    08/16/2008 7:04:28 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 36 replies · 516+ views
    Yahoo, AP, Reuters, and the usual suspects, NASA | August 16, 2008 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 8/16/08 - Tbilisi, Orjosani, Gori, Igoeti, Kikhva, Ruisi, Tskhinvali BREAKING: Russia and Putin become terrorists. BREAKING: Gori, 50 miles from Tbilisi, taken. BREAKING: Orjosani - between the Tbilisi and Gori, taken, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. BREAKING: Igoeti - 20 miles from Gori, and 31 miles from Tbilisi, taken. BREAKING: Kikhva - Russian slave labor, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2008. Ruisi - Russian cluster bombs. ========= The Return of Evil ========= Russian and Putin invade and become terrorists. ========= Gori ========= In Gori, 50 miles from Tbilisi In Gori, at the bank, and in...
  • Signs of Ethnic Attacks in Georgia Conflict [A war Putin and Buchanan can be proud of!]

    08/16/2008 1:28:50 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 56 replies · 129+ views
    TBILISI, Georgia — As the conflict between Russia and Georgia enters its second week, there is growing evidence of looting and “ethnic cleansing” in a number of villages throughout the area of conflict. The attacks — some witnessed by reporters or documented by a human rights group — include stealing, the burning of villages and possibly even killings. Some are ethnically motivated, while at least some of the looting appears to be the work of profiteers in areas from which the authorities have fled. The identities of the attackers vary, but a pattern of violence by ethnic Ossetians against ethnic...
  • Russian soldiers in bank job

    08/15/2008 3:37:21 PM PDT · by lizol · 21 replies · 109+ views
    The Sun ^ | 15.08.2008
    Russian soldiers in bank job By STAFF REPORTER RUSSIAN soldiers have been caught on camera ROBBING a bank in war-torn Georgia. The band of gun-toting men were caught on CCTV forcing their way into the bank in Gori. Once inside, the men are seen breaking into the teller offices and rifling through the desks. They are then caught making off with what appear to be armfuls of equipment including laptop computers and perhaps even cash. The outrage took place amid some of the bloodiest fighting in Gori, which is on Georgia’s main east-west highway.
  • Russian soldiers in bank job (caught on tape robbing bank)

    08/15/2008 11:38:33 AM PDT · by maclay · 97 replies · 1,591+ views
    UK Sun ^ | 08/15/08 | UK Sun
    RUSSIAN soldiers have been caught on camera ROBBING a bank in war-torn Georgia. The band of gun-toting men were caught on CCTV forcing their way into the bank in Gori. Once inside, the men are seen breaking into the teller offices and rifling through the desks.
  • Georgian Humanitarian Mission Continues

    08/14/2008 4:48:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 123+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – The humanitarian mission under way in Georgia is intended to alleviate suffering for now and will move into longer-range help in the future, officials said at a Pentagon news conference today. The Air Force has sent two supply-filled C-17 Globemaster III transports into Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi. More flights will follow, officials said, but none are scheduled just yet. Russian troops who invaded Georgia last week are beginning to pull back, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates also spoke at...
  • Ignoring Gori arsenal would have been mad – Russian FM [securing Georgian arsenals from bad guys]

    08/14/2008 4:33:43 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies · 56+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 8-14-08
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has criticised media reports on Wednesday which had claimed that Russian tanks were on their way to Tbilisi. Lavrov told a news conference that a Russian convoy driving away from Gori had been on a mission to safeguard weaponry abandoned by the Georgians – and had never been destined for the country’s capital. “The weapons were ready for use, including the tanks,” he said. “It would have been mad to turn a blind eye to that and pass by the munitions. Anyone with bad intentions - a madman - could have jumped in a tank...
  • Video: Georgian TV reporter shot by Russian sniper

    08/14/2008 12:34:29 PM PDT · by Havok · 42 replies · 761+ views ^ | 20:27pm on 14.08.08 |
    This is the dramatic moment a TV reporter was shot by a sniper as she reported live from war-torn Georgia. Tamara Urushadze took a bullet to her left arm in the flashpoint town of Gori as Russian forces continued their illegal occupation. Bravely, or foolishly, the 32-year-old brunette continued her report after a few moments as other journalists and aid workers dashed for cover.
  • Explosions in Georgian towns as Russian forces remain

    08/14/2008 6:17:34 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 160+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 14, 2008 | Jon Swaine, Adrian Blomfield and Damien McElroy
    Russia has defied an order by Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, to obey the peace deal with Georgia, as its Foreign Minister announced the world can "forget about" Georgia's territorial integrity. Earlier claims that Russian troops had commenced a withdrawal from Gori were dismissed as at least five explosions were heard in the town. Journalists were forced to leave by a Russian soldier firing shots into the air. Troops are also thought to have returned to the strategically important port town of Poti. A Georgian spokesman said: "The Russian troops are destroying the city of Gori. They are...
  • Georgia says Russians moving into Gori (and Poti)

    08/14/2008 2:46:11 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 112 replies · 742+ views
    AP ^ | August 14, 2008 5:33 AM ET
    <p>GORI, Georgia (AP) - The Georgian Foreign Ministry says more Russian troops have moved into the strategically key city of Gori even though a withdrawal had appeared to be under way earlier in the day.</p> <p>Ministry spokeswoman Nato Chikovani also said Thursday that Russian troops had moved into the Black Sea oil port city of Poti, from which they had appeared to leave earlier.</p>
  • Russia withdraws from Georgian city

    08/14/2008 12:22:49 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 14 replies · 99+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | August 14, 2008
    GEORGIAN forces are retaking control of the Georgian city of Gori as the Russian military withdraws, Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said.. "The Russians have started to withdraw, the Georgian police and special forces are taking control," he said. An Agence France-Presse reporter arrived in Gori with a convoy of about 20 police vehicles containing armed officers. He said he saw a Russian tank, armoured personnel carrier and soldiers at a Russian checkpoint at the entrance to the city. According to residents fleeing Gori on Wednesday, the city was the scene of looting and violence as Russian troops and militiamen...
  • Russian withdrawal from Gori appears to break down

    08/14/2008 2:32:40 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 20 replies · 191+ views
    GORI, Georgia (AP) - Plans for Russian troops to leave the key Georgian city of Gori appear to have broken down. Early Thursday, the Georgian Interior Ministry said Russian forces were leaving the city that they had taken the day before even though a cease-fire was in effect. (snip) But around midday, the Georgian officials left and some 15 SUVs filled with Georgian soldiers approached a Russian checkpoint on the city's outskirts, pointing guns at the Russian soldiers who then lay in the ground and appeared to prepare for combat. Several Russian tanks then hurried to the position and the...
  • Russia Deployed Chechen Units Into Georgia

    08/13/2008 6:42:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 76 replies · 1,557+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | Steve Schippert
    The use of units comprised of ethnic Chechens to do much of the very dirty work in Georgia. The nickname [‘Shrek’] given by his comrades to the bald, pug-eared soldier was the only moment of light relief during a day of tense drama in which The Times witnessed Russia breaching the ceasefire agreement over South Ossetia at will. At a checkpoint set up by the Russian Army on the approach to the city of Gori from the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, an armoured personnel carrier blocked the road and riflemen had fanned out in the surrounding bushes, their weapons trained on...
  • Answering Russia

    08/13/2008 5:19:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 147+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 13, 2008
    Energy: Russia's bloody invasion of a smaller neighbor whose territory includes a vital oil pipeline has left many people wondering: What can we do? Plenty, it turns out — including some things right here at home.Russian President Dmitri Medvedev announced he was halting Russia's air and ground attack on Georgia, but someone forgot to tell Russia's military. It has continued its brutal assault, with news reports that Russian troops have started looting, raping and savagely attacking Georgian civilians. It's clear former President Vladimir Putin, not his handpicked successor Medvedev, is calling the shots. Putin's made no secret of the fact...
  • Russian Troops Roll Into Gori; Bush Orders Humanitarian Aid

    08/13/2008 12:56:40 PM PDT · by Fred · 28 replies · 88+ views
    President George W. Bush announced the dispatch of a U.S. military aircraft carrying medical supplies to the Georgian capital of Tblisi on Wednesday morning, warning Russia that he expected it to be allowed to deliver its aid by air and sea. The statement, with its echoes of the 1961 Berlin airlift, upped tensions between the two former Cold War adversaries. The day after Russia agreed to a French-brokered cease-fire, Russian troops followed by irregular fighters pushed deep into Georgia, aiming to seize the strategic city of Gori and cutting the main highway that crosses the country to the capital Tbilisi....
  • Georgia says Russia appears to be pulling out

    TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Georgia's deputy defense minister says Russian troops are apparently pulling out of two towns. Bato Kuteliya said Wednesday the troops had left the western town of Zugdidi -- near the breakaway province of Abkhazia -- and are expected to leave the city of Gori shortly.
  • American training in running away

    08/13/2008 11:56:31 AM PDT · by Righter-than-Rush · 6 replies · 130+ views
    An AP reporter saw dozens of trucks and armored vehicles leaving Gori, roaring southeast. Soldiers waved at journalists and one soldier jokingly shouted to a photographer: "Come with us, beauty, we're going to Tbilisi!" But the convoy turned north and left the highway about an hour's drive from the Georgian capital, and set up camp a mile off the road. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Russian troops were near Gori to secure weapons left behind by the Georgians. To the west, Russian-backed Abkhazian separatists pushed Georgian troops out of Abkhazia and even moved into Georgian territory itself, defiantly planting...
  • Russian troops roll into key Georgian city

    08/13/2008 10:50:47 AM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 17 replies · 110+ views
    <p>OUTSIDE GORI, Georgia - Russian troops and paramilitaries rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday, apparently violating a truce designed to end the conflict that has uprooted tens of thousands and scarred the Georgian landscape Georgian officials said Gori, a central hub on Georgia's main east-west highway, was looted and bombed by the Russians before they left later in the day.</p>
  • Blood still flows after ceasefire

    08/13/2008 8:52:40 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 13 replies · 283+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | NEIL SYSON
    The Sun witnessed the latest horror as a blood-splattered tot was rushed screaming to a shattered hospital in the gateway city of Gori. It was 5pm — four hours after fighting should have stopped. The one-year-old boy with an ugly head wound was carried from a police car. With him was his uninjured sister, three — smeared with his blood. Minutes later, a second cop car screeched to a halt. Inside was the children’s mother, in agony from gunshot wounds in her right shoulder and leg. She was loaded on to a trolley. After a brief examination all three were...
  • 'Civilians targeted' around Gori, as Russian troops on the move

    08/13/2008 8:02:28 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 32+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 13, 2008 | Philippe Naughton, and Charles Bremner
    South Ossetian separatists backed by Russian forces were accused today of deliberately targeting civilians around the abandoned Georgian city of Gori in blatant defiance of a French-brokered ceasefire. But Georgian officials said that there was no need to panic over a long armed Russian column that rolled out of the city today and headed south towards the capital, Tbilisi. The convoy of around 100 vehicles, including armoured personnel carriers, turned off the road after 20 km and was thought to be looping back to the disputed enclave. The ceasefire was agreed yesterday and endorsed both by President Medvedev of Russia...
  • Russian military advances into Georgia in defiance of EU peace deal

    08/13/2008 8:07:35 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 3 replies · 37+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 13, 2008 | Adrian Blomfield, Damien McElroy and Harry de Quetteville
    Russian military convoys have left Gori and are advancing towards a Georgian village, in defiance of the EU-brokered truce. A column of 70 Russian military vehicles, including military trucks with anti-aircraft guns and artillery, as well as armoured personnel carriers, pursued by a large contingent of the world's media, left Gori on the road to Tbilisi and turned left a few kilometres outside of the frontline Georgian town. Russian troops claimed they were on a "humanitarian mission", however, the true purpose of the mission remained unclear as reports of burning and looting in villages near Gori by South Ossetian rebels...
  • Russian armour breaches ceasefire

    08/13/2008 8:04:45 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 115+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 13, 2008
    RUSSIA last night violated its ceasefire with Georgia, sending an armoured convoy deeper into the Western-aligned former Soviet republic less than a day after the deal was brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. About 60 tanks, armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles left the key Georgian town of Gori and was headed towards the capital Tbilisi, 75km away. Russian soldiers leaned out of the windows of the trucks shouting "Tbilisi! Tbilisi!'' and waving Russian flags, about 10km south of Gori, from where Georgian forces last Friday launched their offensive on the breakaway province of South Ossetia. The move out of...
  • Russian Troops 'Looting Homes, Shooting People' in Georgia (On to Tblisi?)

    08/13/2008 7:08:31 AM PDT · by kristinn · 69 replies · 151+ views
    AFP via ABC (Australia ^ | Wednesday, August 13, 2008
    Separatist fighters and Russian troops have looted and set homes ablaze in Georgian territory amid fears over a fragile ceasefire that ended five days of bitter conflict. Despite a French-brokered truce agreed to by the leaders of the two countries, Russia faces mounting criticism in the West. Russian armoured vehicles patrolled the flashpoint town of Gori and about 60 tanks, armoured personnel carriers and other vehicles were seen on the road from Gori to the Georgian capital, 75 kilometres away. An AFP reporter saw Russian troops shouting: "Tbilisi, Tbilisi". But Russia has denied these reports. "No Russian troops or armour...
  • Russian tanks patrol Gori in defiance of Nicolas Sarkozy's peace deal

    08/13/2008 4:31:24 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 84+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 13, 2008 | Damien McElroy, Adrian Blomfield and Harry de Quetteville
    Russia has ordered an incursion into a frontline Georgian town in defiance of the terms of an overnight peace deal brokered by French president Nicolas Sarkozy. As the EU announced plans to send peacekeeping troops to monitor the ceasefire, Russian troops destroyed an empty Georgian military base in Gori and set up a checkpoint on the road to Tbilisi. In clear defiance of the spirit of Mr Sarkozy's peace deal, Russia appeared to be working to cement a buffer zone for South Ossetia. A Georgian official claimed that 50 tanks had moved into Gori and South Ossetian snipers were also...
  • Russian troops take up position outside Georgian city

    08/13/2008 4:58:09 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 28 replies · 54+ views
    FRANCE 24 reporters saw a Russian armoured column move into position on a hill above the Georgian city of Gori and install mortars. Georgia earlier accused Russia of moving troops inside Georgia despite a ceasefire deal. (Photo: DKTV2) A day after warring Georgia and Russia agreed to a ceasefire, the conflict in the Caucasus appears far from resolved. On Wednesday morning, FRANCE 24 reporters saw a column of Russian Special Forces armoured vehicles move into position on a hill above the Georgian city of Gori and install mortars. “The Russian forces have climbed a hill dominating Gori and are installing...
  • Georgian villages burned and looted as Russian tanks advance

    08/13/2008 4:33:57 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 46 replies · 147+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 13, 2008 | Luke Harding and James Meikle
    Villages in Georgia were being burned and looted as Russian tanks followed by "irregulars" advanced from the breakaway province of South Ossetia, eyewitnesses said today. "People are fleeing, there is a mood of absolute panic. The idea there is a ceasefire is ridiculous," Luke Harding, the Guardian's correspondent, said. Russia denied any advance, however Georgian authorities claimed that about 50 tanks and armoured vehicles were near the strategically important town of Gori. Harding, watching villages near Gori burn, said witnesses had told him Russian military, including at least 25 tanks, had moved from the Russian-controlled South Ossetia into the villages....
  • Russian tanks enter central city: Georgian official

    08/13/2008 2:09:24 AM PDT · by HarryCaul · 219 replies · 296+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | CBC News
    The head of Georgia's national security council said Wednesday Russia has sent 50 tanks into the central Georgian city of Gori, despite an agreed-upon ceasefire calling on both sides to retreat to positions they held before fighting began six days ago. Security council head Alexander Lomaia said that the tanks entered Gori about 9:45 a.m. local time, but there was no independent confirmation of his claim.
  • Civilians were only targets left as Russia kept bombing

    08/12/2008 4:53:36 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 44 replies · 297+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Tuesday, August 12, 2008 | Tom Lasseter
    GORI, Georgia — On the day that Russia declared an end to its war in Georgia, Jumberi, a taxi driver who gave only his first name, took a long drag on a Marlboro Red cigarette and said that after the first bomb hit, all he saw was body parts. He motioned to the shattered windshield of his Toyota Corolla and the bloody handprints on the side of the car — left there when the wounded and dying collapsed as they begged him to take them to the hospital. "I heard the sound of the jets, but I did not see...
  • Georgia 'overrun' by Russian troops as full-scale ground invasion begins

    08/11/2008 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 83 replies · 179+ views
    This is london ^ | London, Monday 11.08.08 | Wire Services and staff
    Gordon Brown urges Moscow to order a ceasefirePutin lashes out at the U.S. for 'helping Georgia' Georgia 'restarts shelling' after ceasefire call ignoreRefugee crisis as 40,000 flee Georgian officials tonight claimed the country had been 'overrun' by Russian troops after a full-scale ground invasion.Amid reports that Moscow forces had taken the town of Gori - and were marching on the capital Tsblisi - Georgian soldiers appeared to be in full retreat. Troops were apparently in complete chaos as a full-scale rout pushed them back through the countryside. Meanwhile, the civilian crisis intensified with thousands of refugees fleeing the  seemingly...
  • Georgian army flees in disarray as Russians advance

    08/11/2008 1:29:34 PM PDT · by brytlea · 179 replies · 1,002+ views
    TimesOnline ^ | August 11, 2008 | Tony Halpin
    Georgia’s army was in complete disarray tonight after troops and tanks fled the city of Gori in panic and abandoned it to the Russians without firing a shot. As Russian armoured columns rolled deep into central and western Georgia, seizing several towns and a military base, President Saakashvili said his country had been cut in half. For the first time since the crisis erupted last Thursday, Russia admitted that its troops had moved out of Abkhazia, the other breakaway region under Moscow’s protection, and seized the town of Senaki in Georgia proper.
  • Russian forces occupy Georgian city of Gori

    08/11/2008 9:38:39 AM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 278+ views
    The Standard ^ | 11.08.2008
    Russian forces occupy Georgian city of Gori (39 mins ago) Russian forces have occupied the city of Gori and Georgian forces are fortifying positions near Tbilisi to defend the capital, the secretary of Georgia's security council, Alexander Lomaia, said. ''Russian forces are occupying Gori. Georgian armed forces received an order to leave Gori and to fortify positions near Mtskheta to defend the capital. This is a total onslaught,'' he said. Mtskheta is a Georgian city 24 kilometers from the capital.
  • Thousands flee from Georgian city amid fears of Russian invasion

    08/11/2008 2:10:40 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 5 replies · 89+ views
    Times Online ^ | August 11, 2008 | Tony Halpin in Gori, Kevin O’Flynn in Moscow, and Jenny Booth
    Thousands of people were this morning fleeing from the central Georgian city of Gori amid fears that Russia was about to invade the territory, as Moscow showed little sign of ending its military campaign. Shota Utiashvili, a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman, claimed that there was a "massive" aerial bombardment of the town. Gori lies outside the borders of Georgia's rebel territory of South Ossetia, where the conflict began last week, suggesting that Russia plans to go further than simply driving Georgia out of the breakaway region. "Gori is being bombed massively from the air and from artillery as well," said...
  • Russian bombs fall as Bush tell Putin to end violence

    08/11/2008 12:43:51 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 76+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | August 11, 2008
    BOMBS are reportedly falling on Georgia's capital as George W Bush tells Russian PM Vladimir Putin to end the "unacceptable" violence. Russian planes have reportedly bombed military targets in the suburbs of Tbilisi, just hours after the city of Gori was said to be under "massive" attack. An explosion was heard in the centre of Tbilisi around 4.40am (10.40am Melbourne time). "At least two bombs were dropped," said Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili. The first bomb struck the village of Kodjori some 10km from Tbilisi where the base of a special forces battalion was located, he said. The second bomb...
  • Russians Push Past Separatist Area to Assault Central Georgia-(regime change Russian turn)

    08/10/2008 7:43:34 PM PDT · by Flavius · 14 replies · 135+ views
    ny times ^ | 8/10/08 | Andrew E. Kramer, Anne Barnard
    TBILISI, Georgia — Russia expanded its attacks on Georgia on Sunday, moving tanks and troops through the separatist enclave of South Ossetia and advancing toward the city of Gori in central Georgia, in its first direct assault on a Georgian city with ground forces after three days of heavy fighting, Georgian officials said. The maneuver — along with aerial bombing of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi — suggested that Russia’s aims in the conflict had gone beyond securing the pro-Russian enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia to weakening the armed forces of Georgia, a former Soviet republic and an ally of...
  • BBC Video: Gori, Georgia..Destruction, people fleeing...

    08/10/2008 7:05:36 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 25 replies · 408+ views
    The UN has estimated that 20,000 civilians have been forced to flee their homes since fighting began in Georgia. The BBC's Gavin Hewitt reports from the frontline near the town of Gori, where Russian planes have been in action. As he reported on the fate of civilians in Georgia, his team came under attack from Russian fire.