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Georgia retreats from S. Ossetia

BBC News: Georgia says its forces have withdrawn from the separatist enclave of South Ossetia, and that Russian troops are now in control of the regional capital.

An interior ministry spokesman told the BBC it was not a military defeat but a necessary step to protect civilians from a "humanitarian catastrophe".

Georgia says Russia has brought an additional 10,000 soldiers across its frontiers, readying for a raid.

Earlier, Russian jets bombed a military airfield close to the Georgian capital.

There was no independent confirmation of the attack, although the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse, who was in Tbilisi, said he had heard a loud explosion about the same time.

Georgian troops have pulled back to positions at or south of those held on 6 August, when the current hostilities began, said Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili.

He told the BBC that the withdrawal was necessary because of the mass casualties both within Georgia and South Ossetia, at the hands of the Russians.

Mr Utiashvili said 100 Georgian soldiers had been killed and many more injured.

Earlier, Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili called for an immediate ceasefire to stop what he described as an "annihilation" of his country's democracy.

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Based on Russian and South Ossetian estimates, the death toll on the South Ossetian side was at least 1,500. According to Moscow, all but a few of the dead were civilians.

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused Georgia of genocide against the South Ossetian people and defended Moscow's military action to intervene directly.

On Saturday, he flew to the Russian city of Vladikavkaz, close to the border with South Ossetia, where he met those who had fled the violence. He said the territorial integrity of Georgia had "suffered a fatal blow", suggesting that it was unlikely that South Ossetia would re-integrate with the rest of Georgia after the conflict.

He said the conflict had created at least 34,000 refugees.

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Added: Aug-10-2008 
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  • Victory for Russia i support you 100 %

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  • This is foto from selebrating of VDV(air trops) forces day (august 2). No attitude to South Ossetia events. Author is asshole.
    %u043A%u0433%u0430%u043C %u043A%u043E%u0440%u043E%u0447%u0435 =)

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  • http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=957_1220634489&adult_check=1

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  • lmao at the fatass in the picture!

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    • teeheehee, he must have the highest rank, just look at all those stripes.

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  • I've always loved the HUGE bus driver hats.

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  • more BBC lies

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  • oh? i guess you want to be next on our black list of Soviet Block reconstruction? better start sucking up to israel now or nobody will even know when your piece of shit country gets tumbled back into ussr!

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  • Funny picture. I think it depicts crazy airbourne forces who break bricks against their heads and swim in the Moscow fountains celebrating their holidays.

    Never saw a guy that fat. But he wears the marine uniform. Also, he probably was not in service for a long time, so he gained a "few pounds".

    LOL!

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  • Good news guys.
    This withdrawal from South Ossetia should be sufficient to cease fire, unless Georgians cross the border again.

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  • NATO and their brown-nosed payoff "allies" are the real nazis...what are they doing against israeli war criminals as they break every human rights law in the book and are downright practicing genocide while stealing territory.

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  • AAHAHaahaa

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  • Oh, by the way. Good Congrats Russia and the freedom loving Ossetians. I knew you could defeat the puppets. Greetings from Serbia. Larson great post brother! VOTED!

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  • I am stealing that picture up there from you Larson...=)

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  • russians listen to me.. its very very important... SUCK MY DICK...)ok?? you can do only this... so, do it...))) fucking idiots... fucking drinking chikens...) fuck you all... pidarasti bliad.. vsia gruzia v barcelone traxuiut vashish devushek a ani ne tak ploxa dumaiut a gruzinax...))) da ia vashix mam ibal tupie suchki bliad... davai na xui iz gruzii...

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  • OK, remind me again why I'm supposed to care about this. I cant believe the coverage on this irrelevence.

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  • Theres a real face of Russians in the Photo... Stupid Drunk nazis

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    • The Russians are one of the few who follow human rights and international law in the world. Of course they are not moving into Georgia. They never went into Georgia in the first place. They were in South Ossetia. Have you been follow this conflict at all? Peace!

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    • You georgians are so stupid,first killing and shelling ,also hospitals and civilians and when you are bombed yourself you start crying and hoping the west will help you i hope my country does not so.
      greetings from The Netherlands (Not Holland that are only 2 provinces of our country).
      Blame you stupid President and his stupid Wife from the Netherlands

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    • ...said a dull Georgian boy.

      What is there "Nazi" about those veterans on this photo who left the army 10 years ago?

      BTW, one of those guys on this photo wearing a green T-shirt isn't Russia at all - maybe a Turkmen. That means they were in the army in the Soviet times - 20 years ago.

      BTW, Georgian boy, it's so nice to see you cry while Russians are kicking Georgian asses out of South Ossetia :))

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    • Dijinio showed his stupid Saakashvili flag but you're ashamed to do even this, stupid ass.

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    • O.o I think you are a Russian in netherlands and you are so high...

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