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The Georgian military units have liquidated 60 spetsnaz servicemen of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU), news agency Novosti-Gruziya reports, referring to a statement by the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili
12 August 2008
Mr Saakashvili in recent days has looked like a man who bit off more than he could chew. It's still unclear who started this messy little war, with each side pointing accusing fingers at the other. Russia has clearlybeen spoiling for a fight, but it seems hard not to conclude that the vital hand in a very risky card game was played by Mr Saakashvili himself when he ordered a full-on assault of South Ossetia last Thursday night. He called Mr Putin's bluff, and Mr Putin, with some trademark harsh words, laid down a full house – not just repelling the Georgian assault on South Ossetia but launching attacks all over Georgia.
"Georgia could have used the years of Saakashvili's presidency in different ways - to build up the economy, to develop the infrastructure, to solve social issues both in South Ossetia, Abkhazia and the whole state. Instead, the Georgian leadership with president Saakashvili undertook consistent steps to increase its military budget from US$30 million to $1 billion - Georgia was preparing for a military action." Naturally, Russia is worried about these developments and has brought the matter up repeatedly at the United Nations but to no avail.
Israeli arms manufacturers have also been supplying Saakashvili with state-of-the-art weaponry. According to Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz
August 14, 2008
By now, days after Georgian forces stormed the capital of south Ossetia and Russian units counter attacked across the breaking away province and beyond; a devastating war has spread across the Caucasus causing death, destruction and displacement of populations. All wars are terrible -- even the legitimate ones where country, freedom and survival at are at stake. But this war is particularly unnecessary, could have been avoided and above all is wrong; in fact I call it the perfect wrong war.
An entire Jewish Quarter has been wiped out as a result of Georgia's military offensive in Tskhinvali. Witnesses in the South Ossetian capital say there's hardly a home standing in the area where the city's Jewish population lived.
The Russian military intelligence source said today that the special-task units divisions of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia, taking out remains of the Georgian soldiers from the ouitskirts of Gori by the refrigerators had to turn those trucks back after appearance in the mass media of the report on preparattion of a large scale provocation.
According to the GRU source, the column of refrigerators "changed its route and an arrival time". However, according to Russian military intelligence, the destination remains the former, Tbilisi. The source allo maintained that the number of refrigerators had increased.