Friday, August 8, 2008
South Ossetia continues to maintain control of its capital, Tskhinvali. As "Vesti" reports, despite "Georgia's attempt last night to exact revenge for yesterday's failures, South Ossetian forces have managed to maintain control over the situation." According to Russian correspondents, shelling continued through the night and civilians were forced to spend the night in cellars. Homes burned all night long. They couldn't be extinguished because the city has problems with its water supply.
Meanwhile, the Georgian news media are reporting that Tskhinvali is in Georgian hands. [Read this article for a comparison; it seems there is a real information black hole in Georgia]
Russian TV has been taken off the air in Georgia. And according to some accounts, "Voice of America" broadcasts have been doubled.
The international airport in Tbilisi has canceled flights departing for countries in Europe, with the exceptions of Turkey and Ukraine, reports the news agency "Vesti."
"I'm not excluding the possibility that as a result of the recent situation,
"Judging from information which has been made available by the news media, the Georgian advance has, it would seem, stopped. I don't know what role
As for what form the Russian intervention will take, in my opinion, the situation here is such that any decision will be bad. Everyone agrees that no military intervention won't do: I think that the information saying that a column of Russian technical equipment is heading in the direction of Tskhinvali is worth paying attention to, not to say the least about volunteers. It seems to me that it will be very difficult to keep any kind of Russian intervention at the local level. If
Besides the question of whether or not the fighting in Tskhinvali will stop, the question will remain what to do next. Russian authorities could grant security guarantees to
“I’m afraid that there are strategic questions the Russian authorities will have to answer. They’re not talking about the tactical challenges—which forces will intervene, regular units or volunteers, and so on. It’s necessary to know what to do next here,” noted the expert.
“I don’t exclude the possibility that after what’s taken place, that is of course unless
“That’s why, in my opinion, now we have to form our position in a wider context—what to do in general concerning the conflict. Recognition gives little to
The CPRF [Communisty Party of the Russian Federation] requests the State Duma to quickly recognize the independence of South Ossetia
Representative of the ruling party "United National Movement" and mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava declared that from 15:00 to 18:00, a ceasefire would be put into effect to allow inhabitants of Tskhinvali to leave through a corridor created in the village of Ergneti. According to Ugulava, more than 70% of Tskhinvali has been taken by Georgian army.