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Abkhaz Leader Has Ordered Army To Sink Any Georgian Ships In Its Waters

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posted on Apr, 24 2007 @ 02:24 PM
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Opposition leader killed in Georgia’


20/04/2007
Georgia’s “Mdzleveli” opposition alliance leader Gela Meladze was killed by unidentified persons tonight.
The killers fired four shots at Gela Meladze including one control shot at his head. The details of the crime are not known yet.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.




posted on May, 13 2007 @ 07:27 PM
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South Ossetia

If you believe that the situation is now peaceful in South Ossetia, you're wrong. Check this out. From today:

ITAR-TASS: Houses damaged in Tskhinvali, S Ossetia, in fire attack


13.05.2007

Houses were damaged on the southern outskirts of Tskhinvali in a fire attack on the South Ossetian capital, the head of the South Ossetian press and information committee, Irina Gagloyeva, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

She said that residents of the Mamisan district had reported about damaged houses. The district was under machine gun fire for almost half an hour on Saturday from the side of the villages of Ergneti and Nikozi where Georgian defence ministry troops are stationed.

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She said that according to the preliminary reports of peacekeepers and OSCE observers who inspected the incident site, the Georgian side opened fire there.

Georgia’s authorities described the South Ossetian reports that the Georgian side fired at Tskhinvali's southern part from Nikozi and Ergneti late on Saturday as "disinformation".

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posted on May, 21 2007 @ 09:36 AM
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Another Opposition Leader Killed


Originally posted by FDS

Opposition leader killed in Georgia’

Guela Meladze was apparently shot five times. Another opposition leader has been shot in Tbilisi, Guram Sharadze. He was also shot five times. They have arrested a suspect.


BakuTODAY.net: Opposition leader shot dead in Georgian capital


20/05/2007


Guram Sharadze, a former member of parliament and the leader of the "Faith, Motherland and Language" party, was shot five times, the Imedi television network reported.

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Sharadze, 67, was as an arch-conservative who had led protests against closer ties with the West. He was a staunch supporter of the Georgian Orthodox Church and was well-known for his vocal opposition to minority religious organizations, in particular Jehovah's Witnesses.

Sunday's killing follows the murder on April 19 of Guela Meladze, the leader of the small Mdzlelevi (Winner) opposition party, who was shot five times outside his apartment in Tbilisi.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Another Source:
RFE/RL: Georgian Opposition Figure Shot Dead (May 21, 2007)



posted on Jun, 19 2007 @ 11:52 PM
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Saakashvili to South Ossetian separatists: "Your time is coming to an end".

Saakashvili says that a resolution of the South Ossetia issue is a matter of months.


RFE/RL: Saakashvili Says South Ossetia Issue Could Be Resolved


June 19, 2007


President Mikheil Saakashvili has warned separatists in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia that their time "is coming to an end."

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FDS

posted on Jun, 30 2007 @ 12:05 PM
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I think something big is going to happen. Could it be the war


Georgia allegedly moving arms to South Ossetian border


June 28, 2007
Georgia is moving arms toward the border with its breakaway South Ossetia region, the South Ossetian leader said on Thursday, citing unconfirmed information.

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South Ossetian village comes under fire - official


June 28, 2007
A village in Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region was under heavy fire from Georgian-controlled territory for 20 minutes on Thursday night, said the head of the South Ossetian Information and Press Committee.

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Georgia is drawing up armored carriers to South Ossetian borders


June 29 , 2007
Georgia is drawing up forces to the South Ossetian border, Interior Minister of the unrecognized republic Mikhail Mindzayev said today. According to him, South Ossetian troops were put on high alert.

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S. Ossetia's Tskhinvali being intensively shelled - local official


June 30, 2007

Georgian units have started intensively firing mortars and grenade launchers upon the northern part of South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali, South Ossetian information and press committee chief Irina Gagloyeva told Interfax on Saturday.

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Abkhazia may render aid to S. Ossetia in protecting its security - Bagapsh


June 30, 2007

Abkhazia has warned Georgia that it might render military assistance to South Ossetia if the situation in the conflict area continues to worsen, Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh told Interfax Saturday.

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posted on Jun, 30 2007 @ 11:22 PM
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Wow! There is war and Tskhinvali is being intensively shelled. And the world doesn't even notice! What is the world press writing about? Not this...



posted on Jul, 1 2007 @ 02:50 AM
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Apparently, only Russian media is interested in this war. Both sides are blaming each other. South Ossetia says Georgia is shelling them for no reason. Georgian television says South Ossetia started by attacking Georgian positions, and they were allegedly also shooting at Russian troops!


RIA Novosti: Gunfire reported in South Ossetia-Georgia conflict zone

30/ 06/ 2007


The information and press committee of South Ossetia, a self-proclaimed republic in Georgia, said the Georgian side had opened fire from mortars and small arms on a residential area in the north of Tskhinvali, the capital of the region.

But Georgian television company Imedi reported attacks from the South Ossetian side on Georgian positions. The company said South Ossetian troops also fired in the direction of Russian peacekeeping troops, stationed in the zone since a bloody conflict broke out in the early 1990s.

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posted on Jul, 6 2007 @ 05:00 PM
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NATO Exercise in Georgia

There will be a NATO air exercise in Georgia, July 9-20.


RIA Novosti: Georgia to host NATO air exercise July 9-20

06/ 07/ 2007


Georgia will host a multinational military exercise under the Partnership for Peace Program (PPP) July 9-20, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

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The exercises will be held at the Vasiani military base near the capital, Tbilisi. According to some reports, the Vasiani base could be included into the system of U.S. Air Force military bases supporting operations in Central Asia after Georgia joins NATO.

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Georgia expects integration with NATO to help it restore control over its two breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


FDS

posted on Jul, 10 2007 @ 06:19 PM
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Head of Abkhaz government attacked

09/ 07/ 2007
At 08:30 a.m. (Moscow time) today, gunmen attacked Abkhaz Prime Minister Alexander Ankvab, the republican Interior Ministry reports. According to a REGNUM correspondent, the accident occurred near the village of Lykhny, while the prime minister was heading from Gudauty to Sokhumi in a jeep

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posted on Aug, 2 2007 @ 03:37 PM
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Terror Attack Prevented in South Ossetia

KGB has prevented a terror attack in South Ossetia. Two mines with a damage radius of up to 500 m was found in Tskhinvali. They were removed and destroyed.


ITAR-TASS:
Security service prevents terrorist act in South Ossetia


01.08.2007


“On August 1, 2007, state security officers removed two powerful explosive devices from a cache within the boundaries of the City of Tskhinvali. They were taken to a safe place and destroyed,” the KGB said in an official statement on Wednesday.

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“the mines, presumably MON 90, with a damage radius of up to 500 metres, were hidden under a concrete slab”.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Aug, 3 2007 @ 10:06 PM
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I just came back from a vacation to Abkhazia (yes - Russians still see it a Black Sea resort and constanly frequent the area, and are much welcomed by the locals), and I must say that it appears very calm. The locals aren't wary at all about any prospect for war, and in fact it seems like they have forgoten it. The only way one can tell there was a war there, is by some building ruins which haven't been rebuilt - there isn't much need for rebuilding because the population declined sharply when the Georgians were driven out. And I don't think the locals are saying that war won't happen just to tourists. They actually seems to believe that they are safe, and that in case of an attack Russia will come to their aid. I doubt everything is so simply, and the authorities no doubt have good propaganda.



posted on Aug, 4 2007 @ 12:09 AM
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I really appreciate this thread as it's pretty much the only reason I even know about this situation. Thank you, and please keep the updates coming.



posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 04:03 AM
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Georgia: "This is an act of aggression"!

Two Russian planes violated Georgian airspace and fired an air-to-surface missile on a Georgian village. The missile didn't explode and they have determined its serial number. Other reports say two bombs were dropped in two different places. South Ossetia accuses Georgia of staging the attacks, while Russia denies it ever happened.


Civil Georgia: Russian Jet Fires Missile on Georgian Territory – Minister


Two Russian attack aircrafts violated Georgia's airspace and one of them fired an air-to-surface guided rocket onto Georgian territory, the Interior Ministry said on August 7.

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“We have all the evidence, including air traffic records indicating that the jet had come from Russian territory over [Georgia’s] Kazbegi district and returned to Russia via the same route,” Merabishvili said.

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"This is an act of aggression carried out by foreign aircraft," Merabishvili said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


RIA Novosti: Georgia summons Russian ambassador over airspace violation - 1


The Russian Ambassador to Tbilisi was summoned Tuesday to the Georgian Foreign Ministry in connection with the alleged violation of national airspace by a Russian aircraft.

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"Russian aircraft did not fly over Georgian territory either Monday evening or Tuesday morning," said Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force. "They [the aircraft] did not violate Georgian airspace."

However, Georgian television later reported that experts had found a missile near Tsitelubani and had determined its serial number.

"The site where the missile hit the ground has been cordoned off by police," the Tbilisi-based Mze TV channel said. "Explosives experts, investigators, and other specialist are examining the missile parts to determine its trajectory."

The site of the incident is located in the zone of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict. South Ossetia

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South Ossetia claim that the bombs were dropped by a Georgian aircraft...

Civil Georgia: Russian Officials Comment on Reported Air Attack


South Ossetian secessionist leader, Eduard Kokoity, said the Georgian aircraft has dropped two bombs in the conflict zone on August 6 in order to then incriminate Russia. While, the Russian officials have stopped short of directly accusing Tbilisi.

Kokoity said one bomb landed in the forestry area of South Ossetia and another one in the Georgia’s Gori District.

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posted on Aug, 7 2007 @ 09:43 AM
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There's a new thread here:

Georgia: Russia dropped bomb on village (by Donoso)



...and then there's this, from Aug 5:

Separatist South Ossetian KGB slams Georgia of planning acts of terrorism

05.08.2007


Two mines filled with a large quantity of damaging elements were defused in Tskhinvali the other day, according to Atoyev. "Law-enforcement bodies learnt about the terrorist attack, and it was possible to prevent it thanks to quick actions of our agent planted in the Georgia's counterintelligence service network," ITAR-TASS cites him. “Information about the location of the explosives was made available thanks to a South Ossetian KGB officer, Inal Kolyev, who had been working undercover within the Georgian secret service for the past six months,” Atoyev said at a press conference, which was also attended by Georgian journalists. Inal Kolyev, who was actually present at the news conference, said he himself had planted the explosives at a spot selected by Georgian security services operatives overnight on July 25. Officials in Tbilisi, however, said the allegations were a propaganda stunt.



posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 10:42 AM
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The Missile Incident

Saakashvili says he is not planning on going to war with Russia. Instead he is prepared to cooperate with Moscow on security issues.


RIA Novosti: Georgian leader says no plans for war with Russia

10/ 08/ 2007


Georgia has no intention of waging war against Russia and is instead prepared to cooperate on security issues with Moscow, the Georgian president said Friday.

"Some people in the opposition ask us why we did not shoot down the Russian aircraft that violated our airspace," Mikheil Saakashvili said at a meeting with students. "I would like to respond categorically that we are not in a state of war with Russia."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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Russian Air Force invites Georgia to cooperate with the investigation. They are prepared to provide all airspace control data if Georgia asks for it.

RIA Novosti: Russian Air Force invites Georgia to cooperate on missile incident

11/ 08/ 2007


The Russian Air Force is prepared to cooperate with Georgia in investigating the alleged violation of its airspace, Russia's Air Force commander said Saturday.

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"We will work within the framework of existing agreements," Colonel General Alexander Zelenin said.

He added that if Georgia asks, Russia is prepared to provide all airspace control data.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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Saakashvili said in a speech that he saw a Russian general "in panic"...

Experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden and the United States are going to investigate the August 6 incident in Georgia.

Civil Georgia: 'We are not in a State of War with Russia' – Saakashvili

2007-08-10


Although he expressed desire to meet with Putin, Saakashvili in his speech has also unleashed criticism of the Russian military establishment.

He said he had seen “one Russian general in panic and red like a crab, speaking something utter foolish things.” Saakashvili was apparently referring to comments by Russia’s military chief of staff, General Yuri Baluyevsky, who said the August 6 missile incident was Georgia’s a provocation against Russia.

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Saakashvili said the August 6 incident has attracted even more international attention.

“A large group of independent experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Sweden and the United States are on their way to Georgia,” he added.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 09:03 PM
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African Swine Fever (Montgomery Disease)

Georgia is being accused of dumping ASF-infected swine carcasses in the Kodor River, downstream to Abkhazia. Over 20,000 swines have died of African Swine Fever in Georgia, and some of these have apparently found their way into the Kodor river...


Georgia dumps ASF-infected swine carcasses in river, downstream to Abkhazia


08/10/2007


Veterinary service of Abkhazia reported on finding in the Kodor River carcasses of swine. Laboratory examination held at the Russian Scientific Research Institute for Virology and Microbiology showed a genetic material of a virus of African swine fever (ASF), statement issued by Rosselkhoznadzor (the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Oversight Service) reads

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All in all, over 20, 000 swine have died in Georgia from the outbreak of the virus.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Aug, 13 2007 @ 05:12 PM
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South Ossetia claims that Georgia is blocking water supplies to the S. Ossetian capital Tskhinvali, so they now threatens to block water supplies to central Georgia.


RIA Novosti: S. Ossetia threatens to block water supplies to central Georgia

13/ 08/ 2007


South Ossetia, a breakaway republic, warned Georgia Monday that it could block water supplies to central Georgia through three irrigation canals if Tbilisi refused to re-establish water supplies to the capital, Tskhinvali.

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Tskhinvali continues to insist that Georgian police and military denied S. Ossetian experts access to damaged sections of the Edis-Tskhinvali water pipeline, threatening to open fire on repair workers.

"There is no water supply to the [Tskhinvali] city despite Georgia's announcement that the pipeline has been repaired," the S. Ossetian official said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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Ivanov called the missile incident a poorly performed theatrical show.


Civil Georgia: Ivanov: Missile Incident a ‘Stunt’

2007-08-12


Ivanov told journalists that anyone looking at the television footage from the incident site could easily see that the entire affair was a stunt.

"The rocket or bomb – I do not know what it was – was sealed with a so-called police line in a radius of two-three meters,” he said.

“If a real bomb or rocket with an unexploded warhead was really there," he continued, "the police should have sealed the area in a radius of a minimum 500-800 meters.”

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

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August 14 is the 15th anniversary for the start of the Abkhazian-Georgian war.


RIA Novosti: Abkhazia in geopolitical game in the Caucasus

13/ 08/ 2007


Fifteen years ago, on August 14, 1992, one of the worst ethnic conflicts in the Caucasus - between Georgia and Abkhazia - developed into a full-scale war, which lasted for 14 months.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



posted on Aug, 13 2007 @ 05:48 PM
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What a mess, so many ethnic groups located in the Caucasus and to make matters worse theres also oil there.

Can someone give me a brief rundown of the situation, from what I gathered Russia is supporting the break away countries, but Georgia and the UN do not recognize them?



posted on Aug, 13 2007 @ 11:17 PM
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Originally posted by BostonOrange
What a mess, so many ethnic groups located in the Caucasus and to make matters worse theres also oil there.


Actually there is little to no oil in the Caucasus itself. There is lots of oil in the Caspian Sea, which borders the Caucasus region, but the only countries there with open access to it are Azerbaijan and Russia - not Georgia. However there is an oil pipeline in Georgia which transfers that oil from the Caspian to Turkey for the US (who have good relations with Azerbaijan). There were also major refining installations in Chechnya, but they are gone now.

This is not so much about oil, but the Caspian pipeline does complicate things further.


Originally posted by BostonOrange
Can someone give me a brief rundown of the situation, from what I gathered Russia is supporting the break away countries, but Georgia and the UN do not recognize them?


Russia is careful about who it is supporting, as it dealt itself with a break away problem in Chechnya (mere hundred miles from the region discussed in this thread). Chechnyan separatists also had major ties with Abknazia and Georgia. First they helped Abkhazia fight Georgia, and then they got help from Georgia to fight Russia.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia (and untill several years back - Adjaria), are all trying to break away from Georgia. Abkhazia and South Ossetia defeated Georgia in the war, but didn't really receive independence. Russia was not too eager to have them join the Russian Federation (and still isn't), and they are too weak and disorganized to create a functioning independent nation.

So they are left in a state of unofficial sovereignty, where they technically control themselves, but are not recognized as independent nations by anyone (not even Russia). And the word is, that the new Georgian strong man - pro-US/NATO Saakashvilli is planning another war, to destroy the separatists. This war will either lead to:

1. Another Georgian defeat, possibly completely crippling Georgian economy.

2. Georgian victory and ethnic cleansing in the separatist provinces.

3. Stalemate and eventual US military support for Georgia, and consequently Russian support for the separatists.


As for why the fighting began in the first place - it is an arguement as old as nation-states, and has some similarities to mre well known Kosovo, Palestinians and North Ireland. It's too complex and few remember or care how it started.



posted on Aug, 24 2007 @ 02:39 PM
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Breaking News:

Georgian forces fired at Russian plane! It's not confirmed yet, whether the plane was shot down or not...


BBC: Georgia fires at 'Russian plane'



Georgian forces have fired at an aircraft they believed to be Russian after it violated Georgian airspace, a senior government official said.

Tbilisi could not confirm whether the plane was shot down, but said that a nearby section of forest was on fire.

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