KEY LATEST NEWS FROM RUSSIA (most sources in Russian):
Saakashvilli Warns of Russian Tanks in Hashuri and Borzhomi
Saakashvilli states that Russian tanks have moved into towns of Hashuri and Borzhomi in central Georgia. He stated this in a press conference where
he also announced the signing of the peace accord. He also said that Russian tanks are within 55 km from Tbilisi. The Russian side does not comment
on these news. So far there is no proof that these rumors are true, and several other reports/rumors of Russian advances today were proven to be
Russian Forces Finished Neutralizing Georgia's Weapons in the Military Base in Gori
Russian forces completed the operation to neutralize Georgia's offensive weapons in a base in Gori. Part of the weapons stocks have been destroyed,
and part has been moved to Russia. The taken weapons include mobile rocket launching systems and anti-tank weapons. Russia states that Georgia's
base in Gori is the main weapons depot of Georgia used in attacking S. Ossetia. A Georgia artillery battalion, armor battalion, and communications
battalion have been stationed there. Georgians left tanks and artillery systems there unguarded when they withdrew from the city.
Czech President Vaclav Klaus Ties Events in Ossetia with Kosovo
He said the Georgian-Ossetian conflict is the direct result of Kosovo independence and U.S. intervention in Serbia in 1998. "With separation of
Kosovo Russia now has a major justification for its actions" he stated. He also voiced disagreement with Poland, The Baltics, and Ukraine - and said
he disagrees with their critique of Russia.
Russian Military Command Accuses Georgia of Mining Basements with Wounded Civilians
Before retreating from Tskhinvalli Georgian troops have mined exits from basements where wounded civilians were hiding, stated senior Russian military
official Anatoli Nogovitsin. Georgian government declined to comment on this. Most civilians in Tskhinvalli were forced to hide in basements when
Georgians attacked the city on August 7th, and Georgians mined them in knowing this.
In turn Georgia claims that leaving Russian troops are mining Georgian military bases.
Russian Military Makes a Statement about Discovered Weapons in Georgian Army Cache
According to senior official of the Russian military Anatoli Nogovitsin, Russian troops uncovered 1,728 infantry weapons from Georgian military base
near S. Ossetia. In the cache were included 764 M-16 American Assault Rifles
, 28 M-40 machine guns, and 754 AK's. By the time Russians
reached the base, Georgians abandoned it. Russian troops are taking part in the "clean-up" of offensive weapons from Georgian military bases.
Ukraine proposes drafting Black Sea fleet deal with Russia
"Ukraine's President Viktor Yushchenko sent an urgent proposal to Russia on Friday to draft a bilateral agreement on the Russian Black Sea fleet
deployed in Ukraine.
Yushchenko said he had presented Russia with "an urgent proposition to launch talks and draw up an agreement to regulate bilateral relations during
military operations" such as those in Georgia over the past week. "
Russia's NATO envoy calls U.S. missile shield 'dead cat'
"Russia's ambassador to NATO has compared the U.S. missile defense system to "a dead cat," since its effectiveness can only be verified as a
result of reciprocal thermonuclear missile strikes.
"The Europeans have received a 'dead cat' from the Americans," Dmitry Rogozin said, commenting on the U.S.-Polish missile-defense deal, signed
He said that if the threat really came from Iran, as the U.S. says it does, it would be more "logical to deploy U.S. missile defense elements on
NATO's southern flanks - in Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania." "
""The Poles should be thanked for helping reveal the strategic goal of the U.S. missile defense plan," Dmitry Rogozin said in an interview with RIA
Two Russian journalists killed, 10 wounded in South Ossetia
"Two journalists were killed and 10 wounded covering the fighting in Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia, an official with the Russian
Union of Journalists said on Friday.
"Photographer Alexander Klimchuk, who worked for RIA Novosti, among other agencies, and Grigol Chikhladze, a correspondent for Russian Newsweek
magazine, were killed," said Gennady Dzyuba, the president of the union's association of military press. "
Russia denies use of cluster bombs in Georgia
"Russia's top military official denied on Friday claims by a U.S.-based human rights group that Moscow had used cluster bombs in its recent military
conflict with Georgia.
"Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy head of the General Staff, said "We did not use cluster bombs, and what's more there was absolutely no
necessity to do so." "
"Nogovitsyn reiterated that Russian peacekeepers were still in the Georgian city of Gori, close to the de facto border with South Ossetia. He said
they were guarding weapons and other military equipment abandoned during the fighting. He said Russian troops had contacted city authorities and
arranged aid distribution via local clergymen. "
Yuschenko Fears that Ukraine will Fall Apart Like Georgia
Ukraine must take a look at the threat to Georgian territorial integrity as a threat to Ukrainian territorial integrity as well, stated Yuschenko in a
If Georgian territory is to be split and the breakaway regions made independent, Ukraine could be next he said. Ukraine similarly has autonomous
regions that are no interested in remaining as part of Ukraine
Medvedev will Give Chancelor Merkel Photos and Video of the Georgian Attrocities in Tskhinvalli
Medvedev states that this well documented proof of the crimes Georgians committed in Tskhinvalli will proove Georgia's aggression. Medvedev and
merkel met in Russian city of Sochi earlier on August 15th.
Medvedev: Russian Peacekeepers will Remain in South Ossetia
While peace has been restored, Russian peacekeepers will be needed as guarantors of safety of S. Ossetians, stated Medvedev. He then stated that
"Saakashvilli gave up trying to resolve the matter diplomatically, and resorted to massacring S. Ossetians" when Georgia attacked Tskhinvalli on
August 7th. Georgia must now accept our agreed-upon (with Sarkozy) cease fire accord conditions.
Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament: Yuschenko's Decree on Black Sea Fleet is not Official
Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Arsenyi Yatsenyuk stated that Yuschenko's decree on blocking entrance to port to Russian Black Sea fleet will not
take place. He proposed instead to negotiate new terms with Russia and reach a common agreement. He also stated that Yuschenko's decree violated
the actual agreement between Ukraine and Russia, and the Black Sea Fleet has the right to participate in the conflict zone.
Arsenyi has earlier in the day reached a new agreement with Russian minister Lavrov", and Yuschenko's decree has been canceled.