Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Investigative committee of Russia: All training sessions for Georgian servicemen conducted by US army officers

Следственный комитет РФ: Все тренировочные сборы грузинских военнослужащих проводились офицерами армии США

All training sessions for Georgian servicemen were conducted by officers of the US army. The statement was made on August 20th at a Moscow press conference by Dmitry Shalkov, chairman of the military department of the Investigations Committee of the Prosecutor General's Office, reports an IA Regnum correspondent.

The representative of the prosecutor's office revealed the findings from the interrogations of six Georgian servicemen, who confirmed that the Georgian attack on South Ossetia was not spontaneous but rather a carefully planned military operation.

Boris Salmaksov, deputy head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor's Office, stated that Russian investigators are familiar with seized Georgian maps, which contain a step-by-step plan for a military campaign in South Ossetia. According to the Prosecutor's Office, the testimonies of the detained Georgian soldiers are evidence that the operaton was planned in advance. Salmaksov quoted one soldier as saying "we were going to free our territory from Ossetians." Another Georgian soldier said that on August 7th, he was given orders to prepare a rocket artillery system to bombard Tskhinvali.

According to the interrogated prisoners, all training sessions for the Georgian army were conducted by officers of the US armed forces. Georgia also used photographs of the region taken by American satellites, stated representatives of the Investigative Committee of Russia.

IA Regnum

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