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    03/25/2016 8:31:20 PM PDT · by · 23 replies
    Overpasses for America ^ | March 25, 2016 12:28 pm
    The fearless officer was directing Russian airstrikes at Islamic State targets near the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria when he was surrounded by terrorists. Not prepared to go down without a fight, he ordered military officials to drop bombs on his location and died in the blast. A spokesperson for the Russian military said: "An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets." "The officer was carrying out a combat task in Palmyra area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and...
  • Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours

    10/10/2015 7:10:36 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency ^ | October 7, 2015
    Over 1,000 terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities over the past 24 hours in Daraa, the Syrian local sources also confirmed. The militants also turned over their cache of ammo to the authorities, both sources added. The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address in July pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials. Hundreds of gunmen have been laying down their weapons and turning themselves in to authorities in areas across the country.
  • Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours

    10/10/2015 7:29:02 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 19 replies
    Fars News Agency | October 7, 2015 ^ | October 7, 2015 | N/A
    Over 1,000 Militants Surrender To Syrian Army In Last 24 Hours The development came after President Bashar al-Assad in a televised address in July pardoned all soldiers who have fled the army, saying that his words served as a general decree to relevant officials. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in the province of Daraa, Syria's National Reconciliation Committee announced on Monday. Hundreds of foreign-backed militants surrendered to the government troops in the province of Daraa, Syria’s National Reconciliation Committee announced on Monday. Over 1,000 terrorists laid down arms and surrendered to the Syrian authorities over the...
  • Ukraine says stops Russian troops invading, Moscow calls statement 'fairy tale'

    08/09/2014 7:17:44 AM PDT · by McGruff · 44 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Aug 9, 2014 | KIEV
    Ukraine said on Saturday it had headed off an attempt by Russia to send troops into Ukraine under the guise of peacekeepers with the aim of provoking a large-scale military conflict, a statement Moscow dismissed as a "fairy tale". A senior aide to Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said a large Russian military convoy had been heading for the border on Friday under a supposed agreement with the Red Cross, but had stopped after an appeal by Kiev to Russia.
  • Russian warships pass through Turkish strait

    05/11/2014 5:51:46 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:30 | World Bulletin / News Desk
    Two Russian naval warships passed through Turkey's Canakkale (Dardanelles) Strait, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported on Sunday. The two ships, named "Novocherkassk" and "Georgiy Pobedonosets", were accompanied by Turkish coast guard boats during their crossings.
  • UKRAINE: Crimean 'Green Men' Captured Journalists in Slovyansk

    04/13/2014 8:53:03 AM PDT · by · 6 replies
    Pravda ^ | 13.04.2014 00:46:15 | news
    TRANSLATION In Slovyansk, Crimean "Green Men" Captured Journalists Sunday, April 13, 2014, 00:46 In Slovyansk, "green men" like those seen at the beginning of the Russian occupation of Crimea, captured Hromadske TV and journalists and forbade them to work in the town, highlighting events under control of the region's Ministry of Internal Affairs and other protests. This was reported to Ukrayinska Pravda by the journalists themselves. According to the journalists, the armed men in Slovyansk who took the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs, Donetsk Oblast office in Slovyansk, captured them as soon as they approached the territory of the...
  • Tour Of Ukraine-Russia Border Finds No Signs Of Military Buildup

    03/30/2014 2:07:23 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | 30 March 2014 | Jim Maceda
    According to dire warnings from U.S. military and intelligence officials, Russian President Vladimir Putin, fresh from his daring annexation of Ukraine’s strategic Crimean Peninsula, has concentrated tens of thousands of his forces on the border with Ukraine. We [NBC News] went to look for ourselves.
  • Ukraine Claims 100,000 Russian Troops Near Border

    03/27/2014 10:29:14 AM PDT · by Strategy · 151 replies
    AFP ^ | March 27, 2014
    Nearly 100,000 Russian forces have massed on Ukraine's border, a top Ukrainian defense official told an American audience Thursday, giving a number far higher than US military estimates. "Almost 100,000 soldiers are stationed on the borders of Ukraine and in the direction ... of Kharkiv, Donetsk," Andriy Parubiy, chairman of Ukraine's national security council, said via a webcast from Kiev. "Russian troops are not in Crimea only, they are along all Ukrainian borders. They're in the south, they're in the east and in the north," Parubiy said.
  • LIGNET: Putin Plans Military Bases in Latin American Power Play

    03/18/2014 4:44:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies ^ | 18 Mar 2014 | Newsmax
    Latin America, long considered off-limits for Russian military outposts because of its proximity to Washington, is rapidly becoming the latest region targeted for Moscow’s expanding reach. As the Kremlin was secretly planning its invasion of Ukraine in late February, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Moscow’s plan to establish a permanent military presence in Latin America, including naval visits to ports in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Russia is also asking those countries to allow long-range bombers to refuel at their air bases.
  • Russian Troops Unload In Crimea As Russian Minister Rules Out Dialogue

    03/08/2014 12:05:27 PM PST · by Fennie · 122 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | March 8, 2014
    SEVASTOPOL, UKRAINE - Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea's rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow's foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine's new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists. The Russians have denied their armed forces are active in Crimea, but an Associated Press reporter trailed one military convoy Saturday afternoon from 40 kilometres west of Feodosia to a military airfield at Gvardeiskoe north of Simferopol, over which a Russian flag flew. Some of the army green vehicles had...
  • Russian Naval Task Force Sets Sail for East Arctic

    09/03/2013 10:21:59 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 9-3-12 | Sergey Eshenko
    MURMANSK, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - A naval task force from Russia’s Northern Fleet is heading to the eastern Arctic, a spokesperson for the fleet said Tuesday. The voyage is part of the Defense Ministry’s program under Russia’s Arctic policy and is designed “to uphold Russia’s status as a leading arctic power, strengthen its security... and ensure national interests,” the spokesperson said. Led by the heavy nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the task force, which includes the large amphibious assault ships Olenegorsky Gornyak and Kondopoga and a variety of support vessels, has left its Severomorsk base and entered the Barents...
  • Russian Is Massing Troops On Iran's North Border And Waiting for Western Attack

    04/21/2012 7:14:06 PM PDT · by Thorliveshere · 43 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 09, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof
    <p>WASHINGTON – The Russian military anticipates that an attack will occur on Iran by the summer and has developed an action plan to move Russian troops through neighboring Georgia to stage in Armenia, which borders on the Islamic republic, according to informed Russian sources.</p>
  • ABC Reports Russian Troops Have Arrived In Syria, Russia Denies

    03/19/2012 1:01:59 PM PDT · by Wilderness Conservative · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/19/12
    Earlier today, Al Arabiya made waves in the energy market following reports that a Russian ship carrying special forces had arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus, previously demonstrated here to be a key strategic asset in the Mediterranean. This news was promptly denied by RIA, which said that "there were no Russian military ships off Syria coast" and that the Iman ship is a tanker which is merely conducting resource support functions. Furthermore, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the crew of Iman consists solely of "civilian personnel, which is being guarded." That may or may not be...
  • EDITORIAL: A Russian alliance in Afghanistan?

    10/09/2009 12:51:56 AM PDT · by GWConservative · 8 replies · 824+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Oct. 9th 2009 | editorial
    One of the worst ideas we have heard recently regarding Afghanistan is to bring in the Russians. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen suggested that 20 years after the Soviet Union's defeat there, Moscow now might hold the key to victory. "Russia could provide equipment for the Afghan security forces," Mr. Rasmussen said. "Russia could provide training. We could explore in a joint effort how we could further Russian engagement." A moment of clarity is in order.
  • California Looks To Russia To Help Preserve Historic Settlement

    10/04/2009 2:02:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 504+ views ^ | &#8206;October 2, 2009&#8206;
    Few parts of America have been as badly hit by the global economic crisis as California, where Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has been forced to slash state budgets to compensate for a $24-billion shortfall. Among the items on the chopping block were 100 California state parks -- including Fort Ross, a 19th-century settlement on the Pacific coast just north of San Francisco that was established by a group of hunters and traders from Russia. The fort, whose name is derived from "Rossiya," was ultimately spared closure, when California announced on September 25 it would keep the parks open. But the weeks...
  • Russia deploys troops along Georgia's internal border

    05/03/2009 10:31:10 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 10 replies · 674+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | May 3, 2009 | Adrian Blomfield
    Russia defied international criticism on Sunday by deploying troops along Georgia's internal border with the two breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Hundreds of troops mounted their first patrols along the contested frontier three days after Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian President, announced that Moscow was assuming formal control over the boundaries of the two rebel provinces. The President's declaration prompted accusations from Georgia that Russia was attempting the stealth annexation of the two regions, which were at the heart of last year's war in the Caucasus. Both the European Union and the United States strongly condemned Russia's actions, saying...

    04/21/2009 1:24:09 PM PDT · by mick · 189 replies · 8,135+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 21, 2009 | AP Staff
    Russia has stationed its forces just 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the Georgian capital, in violation of the EU-brokered cease-fire that ended last year's brief war. And in recent weeks, it has sent even more troops and armored vehicles to within striking distance of the city ahead of street protests against Georgia's president.
  • Three Russian Soldiers Killed In Chechnya

    04/22/2009 2:00:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 295+ views ^ | April 22, 2009
    GROZNY -- Three Russian soldiers have been shot to death in Chechnya's Achkhoy-Martan district, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports. Military officials stationed in Chechnya told RFE/RL that a Russian military truck was attacked by a group of Chechen rebels on April 21 near the village of Bamut, about 40 kilometers southwest of Grozny. A sergeant and two privates were killed. The incident took place four days after Russia officially announced the end of its "antiterrorist" operations in Chechnya.
  • Russian troops withdraw from Georgian port

    09/13/2008 1:21:43 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Reuters via Irish Times ^ | September 13, 2008
    Russian troops withdrew from Georgia's Black Sea port of Poti today, in adherence to a deadline set for the first phase of a withdrawal brokered by France. Troops in armoured personnel carriers and trucks were observed withdrawing from positions on the outskirts of Poti. Russian forces hold other positions on the way to the nearby town of Senaki but were seen as they prepared to leave yesterday. Russia sent forces deep into Georgia last month after repelling an attempt by Tbilisi to retake the breakaway, pro-Russian South Ossetia region. On Monday, Moscow agreed to withdraw its troops from Georgia's heartland...
  • US navy ship steams into port where Russian troops stationed

    09/05/2008 9:42:54 AM PDT · by Sig Sauer P220 · 13 replies · 469+ views
    Times Online ^ | 09/05/08 | James Hider
    A US navy flagship has steamed into a Georgian port where Russian troops are still stationed, stoking tensions once again in the tinderbox Caucasus region. A previous trip by American warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand off could erupt in the Black Sea port of Poti.
  • Georgia's wounded troops tell of their surprise when Russia attacked

    08/30/2008 5:24:23 AM PDT · by Flavius · 2 replies · 173+ views
    times ^ | 9/1/08 | james hider
    Major Malkhaz Dumbatze was in a celebratory mood. His 14 Georgian tanks had just taken control of the rebel South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, and he was already looking forward to a trip to Israel to study new battle command systems. The jets flying over the city, where his men were mopping up Ossetian snipers, he took to be Georgian fighters. Major Dumbatze is still going to Israel, but now it is to have reconstruction surgery on his legs. The aircraft he had spotted were in fact Russian, and one of them dropped two bombs on his armoured unit. Speaking with...
  • 'Thanks for the uniforms!': Russians in parting shot at US

    The Russian troops who occupied Georgia's military base of Senaki have gone. But they didn't forget to leave a parting message to the United States graffitied on the wall. "Thank you Uncle Sam for the uniforms you presented to the Russian paratroopers!" The Georgian flag Saturday was flying from the mast of the base for the first time since Russian troops poured into Georgia after it launched a bid to regain control of the breakaway province of South Ossetia on August 8. But Georgian troops came back to their base opened just in 2006 in the west of the former...
  • 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...
  • Russia Briefly Seizes Georgian Port (U.S.-owned vehicles stolen by Russian thugs)

    08/19/2008 2:13:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 53 replies · 323+ views
    Excerpt - POTI, Georgia -- Russian troops briefly seized control of the economically vital Georgian port of Poti Tuesday morning, a day after Moscow said it had begun pulling its forces out of Georgia. ~ snip ~ The Russians also confiscated five jeeps and an armored Humvee belonging to the U.S. armed forces, according to Alan Middleton, CEO of Poti Sea Port Corp. He said the equipment was used for joint U.S.-Georgian military exercises and was sitting in the Poti container terminal ready to be shipped back to a U.S. base in Europe. "I suppose the U.S. won't be impressed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gates Voices Doubts About Swift Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Georgia

    08/17/2008 1:32:23 PM PDT · by flyfree · 18+ views
    defenselink ^ | John J. Kruzel
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2008 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed skepticism that Moscow would quickly remove its forces from Georgia, despite a reported pledge by the Russian president to begin a drawdown tomorrow. Gates said the rate of withdrawal is partly tied to how fast the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe could get monitors to Georgia, where Russian tanks and troops entered last week and reportedly remain entrenched in some areas. "My own view is that the Russians will probably stall and perhaps take more time than anybody would like," Gates said in an interview with...
  • Rice Expects Russian Troops to Withdraw From Georgia

    08/16/2008 3:53:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 180+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2008 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today she expects Russia, which reportedly signed a cease-fire deal with Georgia, will begin to withdraw its forces “expeditiously” from the former Soviet republic. Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev today signed a French-brokered peace deal, a day after Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili endorsed the agreement, which includes a drawdown of troops to levels that existed before Russia invaded its neighbor last week, according to news reports. “Now that President Medvedev has reportedly signed the cease-fire agreement, I assume that Russian forces are going to begin to withdraw expeditiously,” Rice...
  • Russian forces destroy key Georgian bridge ( What ceasefire comrade?)

    08/16/2008 10:31:53 AM PDT · by 82ndABNOfficer · 75 replies · 226+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8-16-2008 | Megan K. Stack
    IGOETI, Georgia -- Russia and its allied forces today destroyed a key railway bridge linking war-weary Georgia's capital to the Black Sea coast, effectively severing all east-west transportation routes within the small country, the Georgian Foreign Ministry announced.
  • Silence on Georgia

    08/16/2008 7:08:16 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 61 replies · 133+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | August 16, 2008 | Jack Kelly
    DID YOU see the huge crowd outside the Russian embassy protesting the war in Georgia? Neither did I. Now that we have a genuine war of aggression, the silence on the Left is deafening. "You might think, at a moment such as this, that the moral calculus would be pretty well understood," the Washington Post said in an editorial Thursday. "Russian troops are occupying large swaths of Georgia, a tiny neighboring country, and sacking its military bases. Russian jets have roamed the Georgian skies, bombing civilian and military targets alike. Russian ships are said to be controlling Georgia's port of...
  • 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...
  • Cease-Fire Accord Specifies Russian Troop Withdrawal from Georgia

    08/15/2008 5:58:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 166+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 – A cease-fire agreement signed today by the president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia calls for Russian troops to immediately leave his country, America’s senior diplomat said in the Georgian capital today. “And now, with the signature of the Georgian president on this cease-fire accord, all Russian troops and any irregular and paramilitary forces that entered with them must leave immediately,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a news conference in Tbilisi with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at her side. President Bush dispatched Rice to Europe to assist in resolving a now...
  • 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 convoy moves deeper inside Georgia: witness (I thought they were supposed to be leaving?)

    08/15/2008 4:27:18 PM PDT · by 82ndABNOfficer · 11 replies · 101+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08-15-2008 | James Kilner
    IGOETI, Georgia (Reuters) - A Russian military convoy advanced to a village 45 km (30 miles) from Tbilisi on Friday, in the deepest incursion since conflict with Georgia erupted last week.
  • Russian convoy moves deeper inside Georgia: witness

    08/15/2008 11:00:06 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 35 replies · 92+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 15, 2008 | James Kilner
    A Russian military convoy advanced to within 55 km (34 miles) of Tbilisi on Friday, a Reuters witness said, in the deepest incursion since conflict with Georgia erupted last week. The advance by some 17 armored personnel carriers (APCs) and about 200 soldiers coincided with a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to secure Georgia's signature on a French-brokered peace plan to end the fighting. (snip) The vehicles advanced unimpeded by Georgian police and army stationed along the road. A Reuters correspondent saw a military ambulance, snipers and rocket-propelled grenades. The convoy was initially shadowed by three low-flying...
  • 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.
  • 'Nazi' Atrocities Shock in Georgia - Civilians 'Slain & Sent to Camps'

    08/14/2008 10:01:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 2,184+ views ^ | August 14, 2008 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA in Gori, Georgia, and CHUCK BENNETT in NY
    Russian troops are indiscriminately murdering civilians and interning them in concentration camps, the embattled Georgian president charged yesterday, as he begged the West not to "appease" Moscow as it did with Nazi Germany. The startling accusations came as Russian troops blatantly violated a cease-fire by sending an armored convoy through the strategic city of Gori. The invaders first poured into Georgia five days ago - ostensibly in defense of a pro-Moscow breakaway region, South Ossetia. "What they are doing is exactly what Stalin did to Finland, what they've done to Afghanistan, what in the Second World War Germany was doing...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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>
  • '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...