posted on Aug, 8 2008 @ 05:57 AM
Georgian armed forces are massing around Tskhinavali after failing to take the separatist capital overnight. Heavy shelling is still taking place,
and there are confirmed reports of Georgian airforce strikes against the city and the surrounding villages.
There are now reports of dead Russian peacekeepers. This is getting more serious by the minute.
Now it is looking more and more likely that Russia is ready to intervene on a limited basis to protect Russian civilians in prevent mass slaughter in
Military gear entering Ossetia from Russia-Tbilisi
So far no official deployment of any Russian units, but there is large amounts of military equipment being sent from Russia to South Ossetia. Large
numbers of well armed volunteers from North Ossetia are also crossing the border.
One thing is for sure - Georgia has sparked the war, and this will not end quickly. Both sides are in for a very rough ride. If Russia intervenes,
which many in the region believe it should (South Ossetia officially appealed for help), then Saakashvilli's regime are as good as gone.
It seems to me that Georgia failed in its innitial strategy to quickly occupy the capital of South Ossetia, despite a massive surprise attack. I
predict that if Georgia does not occupy Tskhinvalli and the entire republic within the coming day or two, it cannot win the war and its troops will be
slaughtered by guerilla fighters who now number in tens of thousands.