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“The soldiers told us they had an order from Putin - leave or be killed.” Manana Dioshvili showed no emotion as she described how Russian troops forced her to flee her home. Her former neighbours nodded in agreement, huddled together in a kindergarten whose windows had been blown out by a Russian bomb.
I do not think Tony Halpin is a liar but nevertheless he is misinforming us. That reference to Putin’s words shows those soldiers to be definitely from a special Georgian crew wearing Russian army uniform and speaking good Russian. Some Georgian media informed beforehand about the crew to consist of Ukrainians and Baltic countries citizens.