As news agency Ria Novosti reports, German Chancellor met with Federico Reinfeld, the Premier –Minister of Sweden, and discussed the following issue.
‘We discussed what the next step should be. It is clear that the next step should be conferring MAP to Georgia and Ukraine. It does not mean already the membership in NATO. Thus, it is the way leading to it.’ - Angela Merkel remarked in the press conference held after the meeting.
Angela Merkel is convinced that Georgia and Ukraine are to become members of the alliance.
‘I would like to cite the document of Bucharest. All the NATO – member –States clearly fixed that Georgia and NATO would become the members of the alliance. My position is the same.’ – German chancellor declared.
Both houses of Russia's parliament voted unanimously on Monday in favor of a resolution asking President Dmitry Medvedev to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, following requests from the leaders of both breakaway republics.
Bush said in a statement from his ranch in Texas, ‘I call on Russia's leadership to meet its commitments and not recognize these separatist regions.’
‘Georgia's territorial integrity and borders must command the same respect as every other nation's, including Russia's,’ he said.
Bush said recognition of the regions would be ‘inconsistent with unanimously approved United Nations Security Resolutions that Russia has consistently voted for in the past.
The meeting was held at the Tbilisi Marriott Hotel on August 25 and lasted for two hours and a half behind closed doors. The US assistance for Georgia against the damage due to Russian aggression was discussed at the meeting.
As Georgian Prime-Minister Lado Gurgenidze declared, the visit of representative delegation in Georgia has begun today, August 25. According to him it is an economical group which is visiting Georgia to determine precisely what kind of assistance Georgia needs in order the aid to be optimal.
According to Gurgenidze, America, as Georgia’s big friend country has been actively involved in these discussions since August 11 to provide this economic collapse more or less smooth for our country.
The US Deputy Secretary of State in the fields of Economy, Energy and Agriculture Ruben Jepher III leads American delegation, who declared that he had very constructive and serious conversation with Georgian Prime-Minister.
According to him, their target is to assess the damages, which had incurred in Georgia precisely. He mentioned that this is his first visit in this regard, and it is being discussed how the two countries should cooperate to provide the assistance to Georgia to be engaged in the humanitarian aid rehabilitation and economical development.
The mentioned meeting was attended by the Minister of Economy Development Eka Sharashidze and the Minister of Energy Alexander Khetaguri.
According to the released information, the American aid is supposedly to be more than USD one billion.
The Minister of Economy emphasized that the on the first stage the most important is the humanitarian assistance, then the settlement of IDPs and restoration of their living conditions and damaged infrastructure.
The US delegation will held the meeting with the representatives of Georgian Government and non-governmental sector.
The visit will last until August 27.
Reportedly, Givi Targamadze, representatives of the Geo Defense Ministry and several MPs from the Georgian side are participating in the negotiations, while from the Ossetian side – Tskhinvali Ombudsman and Gen. Borisov.
Russian occupants don’t let the journalists work here; they ban taking photos and video and threaten by opening fire.
As it is known, yesterday the victim of Russian aggression was a shooting group of the Associated Press.
How paradoxically it may seem, the occupants ask the accreditation of the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation from the journalists to cover their illegal block-posts.
Cindy McCain is planning to meet with Georgian First Lady Sandra Roelofs, as well as to visit ‘Town of Tents’ and Gori.
It’s not known yet, whether Cindy McCain meets Georgian officials or not.
The state of war, initially imposed on August 9 for two weeks, has been prolonged till September 8.
‘Nothing has changed since August 9.Russian occupants are still on our territory, some units of Russian army have only regrouped from Gori to Tskhinvali. Until Russians stay on our territory, Georgia will stay in the state of war. ‘- Gia Tortladze, the chairman of Strong Georgia – Christian-Democrats stated .
According to Statement of General Stuff of Russia Russian Military Forces go on Patrolling Poti Port
‘The truce entails patrolling .Poti is not in the security zone, thus, it does not mean that we would sit outside the fenced territory and watch them driving by Hammers.’- General – Colonel, deputy chief of Russian Armored forces – Anatoly Nogovitsyn stated.
Alexander Stubb – So Called Buffer Zone is against Cease-fire Agreement Concluded by Tbilisi and Moscow
Alexander Stubb, the Foreign Minister of Finland, the OSCE Chairman-in
Office stated the following.
‘Such buffer zones were implemented after the negotiations conducted in 1999 and 1994 y and it is totally against the truce brokered by France.’ –Alexander Stubb stated.
As new agency Reuter reports, Alexander Stubb considers that such zone won’t be put in practice and declares that the issue will be discussed in the next days.
At the moment Russian tanks are stopped in the village of Karaleti. Karaleti is located 8 km away from Gori.
As Koba Kilasonia, the governor of Senaki reported InterpressNews, mine clearing team is expected to come to the place. After the team has finished its operations, units of Georgian army will maintain its position there.
As for the other regions of Samegrelo – Chkhorotsku and Tsalenjikha, Russian militants remain stationed there. Invaders have reinforced their positions, occupied a several days ago, there. They have dug trenches and have brought containers there. According to the released information, the troops are not going to leave the territory.
The organizer of the action is Georgian association of fellow countrymen in Switzerland.
As InterpressNews was reported by the organizers, the rally is to be held outside of City Hall of the city. The protestors will express protest against Russia’s aggression, encroachment of sovereignty of Georgia and call the international community for backing the country.
Action is planned to start at 14:00 pm. (Swiss Time)
Nino Burjanadze will attend NDI and IRI conferences on the invitation of Democratic and Republic Parties and will hold meetings with political leaders.
In the framework of her visit, Nino Burjanadze will meet the representatives of the US State Department and UN. The meeting with the international media is planned as well.
As InterpressNews was reported, the rally is to be held in Manhattan. Protestors will express protest against Russia’s aggression once again.
Rally participants are supposed to pass the streets with Georgian flags and white T-shirts. The action is due to start 15:00 pm (US Time).
It is not known yet, which issues are to be discussed at the session.
The special session is due to start at 12:00pm.
The First Person of Romania will leave for the President Chancellery from Tbilisi International Airport and meet with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at 12.00pm.
The sides will discuss the situation existing in Georgia and Russian-Georgian conflict. Traian Basesku will leave for Tbilisi in the afternoon.
Kokoity has declared the state of emergency one month ago on August 17. Moreover, curfew has been set up on the territory of Tskhinvali.
‘The state of emergency and curfew has been abolished since 21.00pm, August 20’, the decree released by de facto president says.
As Head of Tbilisi Civil Service for Emergency Situations Temur Giorgadze reported InterpressNews, fire broken out approximately one hour ago is completely liquidated. About 1000-1500 m2 wood land has been burnt.
According to Giorgadze, threat of spreading fire in the direction of Kojori was real.
As previously reported, two Russian aircrafts have dropped missiles in the vicinities of the forest situated in the vicinities of Kiketi.
As the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported InterpressNews, on August 19, the Georgian Foreign Minister met with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Bernard Kouchner, Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada David Emerson, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Maxime Verhagen, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ivailo Kalfin and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre.
Moreover, the same day a working dinner was held with the Foreign Ministers of the New Group of Friends. The Georgian Foreign Minister also met with OSCE Chairman-in-office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland Alexander Stubb and High Representative of the Common and Security Policy of the European Union Javier Solana.
During these meetings, Minister Tkeshelashvili provided her foreign colleagues with exhaustive information on the Russian Federation’s military aggression against Georgia and the ongoing occupation. It was underlined that Russia continues naval and transport blockade disrupting military as well as civilian infrastructure and inflicting irreparable economic damage on the country.
The foreign diplomats unequivocally reaffirmed their support for Georgia’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and the necessity of Russia’s unconditional compliance with its commitments under the ceasefire agreement, envisaging, in particular, immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the Georgian territory. The Alliance member states were unanimous in pledging their support for Georgia in various important fields.
The countries also expressed their readiness for active involvement in terms of providing humanitarian assistance and carrying out restoration works on the territory of Georgia.
Georgian Foreign Ministry Releases Official Statement regarding Emergency Session of UN Security Council
According to the Ministry, Permanent Representative of Georgia to UN Irakli Alasania addressed the Security Council session acquainting its members in detail with the existing situation in Georgia. He asserted that the Russian Federation is carrying out a massive military intervention in Georgia and urged the Council members for action.
Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet expressed their deep concern over the situation in Georgia and called on the Russian Federation for immediate compliance with the commitments undertaken on the basis of the ceasefire agreement.
Representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Belgium and Costa Rica also registered unanimously their support for the principles of Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of borders and urged Russia for adherence to the commitments under the ceasefire agreement and immediate withdrawal of its troops from the territory of Georgia.
‘The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations developed a draft resolution of the UN Security Council, which should provide legal guarantees for the fulfillment of the peace agreement reached between Georgia and Russia.
Despite the commitment undertaken by the Russian Federation at the highest level to fulfill this agreement, Russia’s Permanent Representative to UN V. Churkin insisted on removal of the key points of this agreement from the draft resolution, which made it impossible to adopt the document.
The international community should no longer be surprised at the fact that the Russian Federation, which in the 21st century occupied the territory of Georgia thus lifting the veil from the hitherto disguised priorities of its own foreign policy, does all in its power to prevent the UN Security Council from adopting a resolution that could make Russia give up on its designs’, the statement released by the Ministry reads.
As the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia says, a special reference should be made to NATO’s firm position on the urgency of unconditional implementation of the ceasefire agreement and immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Georgia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia expresses its gratitude to the Alliance member states for their readiness to render humanitarian and economic assistance to Georgia.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia commends the Alliance’s decision to set up a NATO-Georgia Commission and expresses readiness to start, after reaching an agreement on respective modalities, active cooperation in this format in near future.
‘Georgia is determined to continue cooperation with the Alliance in the frames of Intensified Dialogue on Membership Issues and expresses hope that its relations with NATO will move to a qualitatively higher level of Membership Action Plan (MAP)’, the statement of the Ministry reads.
As the press service of the Kremlin reports, Medvedev declared about this in a phone conversation with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy.
According to Dmitry Medvedev, after setting of check-points and dislocation places on August 22, part of peacekeepers will be taken to security temporal zone.
‘The contingent arrived to help peacekeepers, will leave for South Ossetia and Russian territories’, Medvedev stated.
A phone conversation between Medvedev and Sarkozy was held on the initiative of the French side on August 19.
Minister of Environment Protection and Natural Resources Irakli Ghvaladze stated radio ‘Palitra’ that they are waiting for special aircrafts from Turkey.
According to him, liquidation of the fire, presumably, will take place on August 22. According to the Minister, fire has negative influence over micro-climate of the forest reserve.
According to the existing information, about 300-hecter territory has been already burnt.
According to Levan Bakanidze, Georgian representative of ‘General Electronics’, respiration equipments cost USD 100,000 and they are in deficit in Georgia.
The company will deliver humanitarian load in the nearest future, namely two mobile and two surgical equipments, which cost USD 200,000.
According to Levan Bakanidze, ‘General Electronics’ is going to hand over resuscitation equipments to Georgia.
President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili stated about that at the press conference held after the meeting with Foreign Minister of Great Britain David Milibend.
‘They have hostages; there are internally displaced persons in Georgia. International organizations, including Human Rights Watch, have made alarming statements. The genocide, which has been committed, should be condemned. Russians themselves have made such things, they are blaming us for. They say Tskhinvali has been destroyed, while they themselves have burnt and destroyed the city’, Saakashvili stated.
According to the President of Georgia, withdrawal of Russian army must take place immediately, as it has been acting barbarously on the territory of Georgia.
‘It (Russian army) is marauding not only in ethnical Georgian, but multi-national villages as well’, the President stated.
Furthermore, they will arrive in Gori and get acquainted with the situation existing in the conflict zone on the site. In the second half of the day, the guests will return to the capital and meet with representatives of NGOs at the office of European Union.
They will hold a press conference for representatives of media.
Matyas Eorsi and Castro Islam will leave Georgia on August 21.
Danis Miliband stated the following in the joint press conference held after his meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili.
The British diplomat underlined the British people backs Georgia. As the foreign minister stated he reported Mikheil Saakashvili over the meeting of NATO Ministerial held today.
The Mikheil Saakashvili thanked the EU and the foreign minister for support.
15 Georgian prisoners were set free in exchange of 5 Russians by Russian side. 2 from 15 Georgian prisoners were injured.
The exchange process was closed for journalists. Kakha Lomaia, the Deputy of Security council of Georgia and other representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia took part in the process.
reports regarding this.
As Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State stated, Russia’s actions are related to weaken democracy and to intimidate the population.
As Condoleezza Rice said the main subject of discussion at the NATO ministerial in Brussels will be to persuade Dimitri Medvedev, the President of the Russian Federation to meet the commitments of the truce.
‘I think France will demand from Russia to explain why Russia’s President can not keep his word.’ – Condoleezza Rice remarked.
As Condoleezza Rice underscored, Russian strategic aviation tried to attack
even the borders of USA .The US Secretary of State said that it is a dangerous game.
second region of the port of Poti at the moment. Russian militants have been there since today morning.4 BTR tanks are stationed in the vicinity.
As the reported of the InterpressNews reports, occupants captivated Georgian militants who were in the port.
Russian invaderes threaten the journalists with opening fire if they approch the vicinity.
again to withdraw its troops from the territory of Georgia. Gordon Jondro, the White House spokesman stated the following.
The spokesman underscored the fact that Dimitri Medvedev, the President of
the Russian Federation, signed the cease-fire agreement on Saturday.
‘George Bush stated that Russia should keep the agreement and end its
military operations in Georgia and withdraw its troops .We go on monitoring of the Russian aggression. Moscow must meet its commitments.’ – Gordon Jondro declared.
As InterpressNews was reported in the press centre of the Parliament of Georgia, the delegation will hold meetings with Davit Bakradze, the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia and Davit Darchiashvili, the Chairman of Committee on European Integration of the Parliament of Georgia today.
After the meeting the delegation of the European Parliament will set off for Gori. Afterwards the meeting with Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia is planned.
Elmar Brok and Otmar Karas will leave Georgia on August20.
As InterpressNews was reported in the press centre of the Parliament of Georgia , today , on August 19 , the representatives of the European Council will meet Temur Iakobashvili, the State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration issues, Giorgi Bakradze , the chairman of Parliament of Georgia , Eka Tkeshelashvili, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Vano Merabishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, Davit Kezerashvili, the Minister of Defense of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia .
The special visit of Matias Iorsh and Castrio Islam to Georgia will last for 3 days. The representatives of the European Council will leave Georgia on August 21.
Eka Tkeshelashvili, the Minister of Foreign affairs of Georgia, will represent the Georgian side. The speech of the Minister is premeditated at the meeting.
According to the released information the Minister will underscore the breaking of the 6 point cease-fire agreement by Russian side.
At the meeting of NATO foreign ministers the issues apropos the Georgia’s integration in NATO and the further relation of NATO and Russia will be talked about as well.
As InterpressNews was reported in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Georgia, the meeting of Eka Tkeshelashvili and Condoleezza Rice is planned tomorrow as well
As InterpressNews was reported in the Patriarchate of Georgia, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II conducted a mass regarding the date in St Sameba (Trinity) church at 01:00 am.
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported by the Synoptic Gospels in which Jesus was transfigured upon a mountain. The original Greek term in the Gospels is metamorphothe, describing Jesus as having undergone metamorphosis.
The Gospels state that Jesus led three of his apostles - Peter, John the Apostle, and James the Great - to pray at the top of a mountain. Once at the top, Jesus became transfigured, his face shining like the sun, and his clothes a brilliant white. They claim that Elijah and Moses suddenly appeared with Jesus and talked with him; Matthew and Mark do not say what the conversation was about, but Luke states that it was about Jesus' future death. Once they had spoken with each other, the Gospels state that a bright cloud appeared overhead, and a voice from Heaven proclaimed, ‘This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased,’ paralleling a similar event during the Baptism of Jesus.
In the narrative, after the cloud dissipates, Elijah and Moses disappear, and Jesus and the three Apostles head down the mountain, Jesus telling his Apostles to keep the event a secret until a/the Son of Man had risen from the dead. The Apostles are described as questioning among themselves as to what Jesus meant by ‘risen from the dead’ (Mark 9:9-10).
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Feast of the Transfiguration
commemorates this event. It is one of the twelve Great Feasts in the liturgical year of the Eastern Orthodox Church and is observed by it on August 6. Traditionally, fruit is brought to church to be blessed on this day. The Transfiguration falls during the Dormition Lent, but fish, wine and oil are allowed to be consumed on this day in recognition of the feast.
The Roman Catholic Church also observes the feast on August 6, as do the churches of the Anglican Communion.
Some Protestant churches observe Transfiguration Sunday on the last Sunday
after the Epiphany (January 6), which places it somewhere in February or March.
Expressing his "concern" over the situation in Georgia, which Benedict said he was following very carefully, the head of the Roman Catholic Church appealed to the "generosity" of the international community to help "refugees, especially women and children."
The Pope called for the "immediate opening" of humanitarian corridors between Georgia and the Moscow-backed separatist South Ossetia region to aid victims of the conflict.
"I would like the immediate opening of humanitarian corridors between South Ossetia and the rest of Georgia so that the dead can receive a dignified burial, the wounded can get access to care and those who want to rejoin their dear ones, can do so," he said during the Angelus blessing.
Ban Ki-moon – UN Unconditionally Supports Georgia’s Territorial Integrity, which Must Be Respected by All States
According to the Foreign Ministry, the focus of discussions was Russia’s military intervention in Georgia.
The UN Secretary General reaffirmed his unconditional support for Georgia’s territorial integrity, which must be respected by all states. He also stated that the Russian troops must immediately withdraw from the territory of Georgia and avoid creating obstacles to providing humanitarian aid.
In addition, the UN Secretary General confirmed the readiness of the United Nations to take part in international discussions on the issues of security and stability in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He referred to a meeting of the UN agencies and donors scheduled for 17 August, which will discuss concrete details of assistance.
During his talks with the Secretary General, Mr. Alasania noted that despite the Russian President’s signing of a ceasefire agreement, the situation on the ground remains extremely tense. Occupation troops exploded a railway bridge in Kaspi and still remain in control of a number of Georgian cities.
Mr. Alasania also underlined the importance of the international community not allowing the Russian Federation to legalize the results of the occupation and the necessity of including the issue of Georgia’s territorial integrity in the Council’s resolution.
Moreover, the same day Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations Irakli Alasania met with Permanent Representative of the Republic of France to the United Nations Jean-Maurice Ripert. The sides discussed the recent development of events in Georgia with a focus on resolution of the conflicts on the territory of Georgia.
Mikheil Saakashvili thanked German Chancellor and the French President for their support and reiterated that Georgia would not retreat single meter of its soil and would never allow annexing and ethnic cleansing of his country. Mikheil Saakashvili demanded withdrawal of Russian forces from Georgian territories and their substitution with international police forces in the conflict zones.
As for Angela Merkel, she made the strongest statement of the day, when she stated earlier today that Georgia would join NATO, but until Tuesday, when the NATO ministerial is due, Russian troops must leave Georgia. The German Chancellor emphasized that Russian troops must leave Georgia not in several weeks, but in several days.
As previously reported, Angela Merkel has arrived in Georgia today. She arrived from Moscow after negotiating with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Timeline by 15th of August 22:00
21:50 Russian troops continued movement from Khashuri and are in Surami close to Khashuri on central highway.
21:00 Russian troops entered Khashuri about 100kms west from Tbilisi and opened checkpoint. About 10 Tanks are in the city. Eyewitnesses report that they behave very cynically and terrorize civilians pointing guns to them or Tank guns to their cars and houses.
20:00 Russian troops began preparing tranches for armored vehicles and soldiers near the entrance of Senaki.
18:30 9 armored vehicles of Russian Army accompanied by 3 Mi-24 helicopters moved towards Tbilisi. They stopped and opened check point near village Igoeti 20 kms from Tbilisi, Kaspi district.
17:00 Russian troops began withdrawal from Poti. They took with them 8 "Black Shark" boats, 7 A type boats, 2 Coastal Guard vessels. They also took equipment from the buildings of the Coastal Guard in Poti.
16:10 Russian soldiers kidnapped 4 member of Namgalauri family from village Ghogheti of Kareli district. Kidnapers moved towards Znauri.
15:30 Russian helicopters are overflying Bordjomi-Tsemi forests and dropping fire setting engines. There are already from 12 to 15 fire locations. Russian military confirmed of flying helicopters over this territory without further comments.
13:00 One Turkish and two Reuter’s journalists (one of them were Georgian citizen) were detained by Russian soldiers in Poti.
10:30 near village Sagolasheni, Gori district, vehicle of freelance journalist Margarita Akhvlediani was stopped by South Ossetian separatists. Vehicle was shot. Journalist was robbed of her car, camera and other belongings.
09:30 21 Military Tracks full of Russian military began movement from Senaki towards Poti port.
09:20 71st regiment of 42nd division of 58th Army of Russia moved from Tskhinvalu to Ergneti heading towards Gori.
08:00 Russian troops consisting of 14 armored vehicle and 4 tracks left Senaki and moved in the direction of the second largest town of Georgia Kutaisi. Currently they are at Abashis Tskali River, 40 kms west from Kutaisi and 10 kms west from Samtredia - the main railway and highway crossroad in western Georgia.
Human Rights Watch researchers have uncovered evidence that Russian aircraft dropped cluster bombs (banned by 107 nations) in populated areas in Georgia during the air attacks from 6th of August, killing at least 11 civilians and injuring dozens, Human Rights Watch said today.
Russian Navy continues controlling Georgian Territorial Waters.’
‘A Cold War is over. The old days of satellite states and spheres of influence are behind us’, he said on August 15.
He reiterated that the support towards ‘people of Georgia and democratically elected government’ adding that Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected’.
He said that Georgia was a democracy, but ‘unfortunately, Russia has tended to view the expansion of freedom and democracy as a threat to its interests.’
‘Only Russia can decide whether it can put itself back on the path of responsible nations or continue to pursue the policy that promises only confrontation and isolation,’ Bush said. ‘To begin to repair relations with the United States, Europe and other nations and to begin restoring its place in world, Russia must respect the freedom of its neighbors.’
‘A contentious relationship with Russia is not in America’s interest and a contentious relationship with America is not in Russia’s interest. With these actions of recent days Russia has damaged its credibility and its relations with the nations of the free world.’
‘Moscow must honor its commitment to withdraw its invaded forces from all Georgian territory,’ George Bush said.
Shota Utiashvili, the head officer of analytical department of Internal Affairs of Georgia, stated the following in the briefing held at 12:00am.
The invader forces are stationed in Senaki and in the vicinity of Teklari check post. The militants do not intend to regroup in direction of Kutaisi or other cities of today.’ – Shota Utiashvili remarked.
Mikheil Saakashvili Calls once again International Community to Apply for All Means of Diplomacy to End Russia’s Aggression
The president stated the following in the press conference for foreign media held today in the administration of the President. Mikheil Saakashvili updated journalist on current developments in Georgia.
The President of Georgia underlined the fact that Russian forces go on with marauding, robbery and burning houses in the territory of Georgia. The president of Georgia represented the figure of the international organization -Human Right Watch regarding these facts.
According to Saakashvili, the mentioned organization is in doubt about the information spread by Russian side regarding the death toll of civilians in Tskhinvali. According to Russian information, attacks in Tskhinvali left 2000 civilians dead.
Mikheil Saakashvili called foreign media to inform the international community regarding the situation in the country in order Georgia to be helped in proper time.
The President of Russian Federation stated the following at the meeting with the leaders of separatists republics held in Kremlin today, August 14.
The leaders of separatists’ republic signed the 6 principles of the resolution of the Abkhazian- Georgian and Georgian -Ossetian conflicts. The principles are based on the truce worked out by Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy.
Dimitri Medvedev remarked that it is necessary to begin working on the cease-fire agreement where Russia, EU and ESCO will play a role of guarantors.
Baghapsh and Kokoity will hold a press conference in Moscow today.
Matthew Bryza – Russia’s Military Aggression against Georgia was Biggest Political Mistake of Russia
Mathew Bryza stated the following at the meeting with the chairman of Georgia –Davit Bakradze.
Russia abrogated the norms of the international law with its actions.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs remarket that Russian troops have nothing to do in the territory of Georgia and added military units must be withdrawn in proper time.
Rustavi 2 reports regarding this based on the information released by the Ministry of Internal affairs of Georgia.
The Russian General took the journalist being in Gori to the entrance of Gori and remarked that he can not share responsibility for their safety.
The situation became much tensed in Gori as robbery cases have been reported. 2 from 3 cars have been already returned.
A Georgian journalist and 3 foreign photographs are still in Gori. Among them is a personal photographer of George Bush.
According to the agreement, Russian militaries were to leave Gori today.
As the reporter of InterpressNews reports 3 tanks are stationed there.
‘Russian militaries are here and do not let Georgian and foreign journalist to enter the city. Here is a Russian in military uniform and, who is filming all of these with camera. This person is drunk and shoots without targets. The German journalist was nearly killed by blind shot. He is moving with auto mobile ‘Niva’. ‘The reporter reports.
According to the same sources about 60 journalists from all over the world are at the entrance of Gori. Some car robbery facts have been reported as well.
According to the agreement, Russian militaries were to leave the city of Gori today.
Coast defense base in Poti is being destroyed again. 2 explosions have been reported on military base of Senaki as well. Weapon depot is destroyed.
As Rogozin remarked that the alliance’s support to Georgia would change the relation between NATO and Russia.
‘We intended to have friendly relation with NATO. But NATO backed Georgia when Russia was in critical time. The countries, which supported Mikheil Saakashvili in Bucharest Summit, will share responsibilities for actions carried out by Georgia as well.’ – Dmitri Rogozin said in the interview with NTV.
‘Timeline by 13h of August 22:00
21:20 Russian troops began pooling back towards north from the Tbilisi – Poti highway in Gori district. They still stay in town Gori
21:10 First cargo plane organized by American Military landed in Tbilisi International Airport.
21:00 Reports of eyewitness continue to com to police stations about atrocities and crimes committed by South Ossetian separatist forces.
20:12 Population of villages Breti and Aradeti, Kareli district is leaving their villages and moving towards Tbilisi. Ossetian separatists are robbing these villages.
Reported by: Naili Gachechiladze 893 73 32 47
18:00 Russian soldiers have robbed drivers of the Turkish travel company, taking their buses.
17:50 Residents of Gori are moving towards Tbilisi by feet, escaping from brutal attacks by Russian troops and Ossetian separatists. Sources:
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17:15 According to the local residents that keep calling to police, the following villages are being ravaged by Russian troops and Ossetian Separatists:
Kareli district – Avnevi, Tseronisi, Knolevi.
Kaspi district – Khandaki, Doesi, Karaghadi.
Gori district – Tkviavi.
Residents of Gori are being taken hostage and sent to Tskhinvali.
17:05 EU ministers have disseminated a statement in which they stressed that conflict should be solved within the context of the territorial integrity of Georgia, supported President Sarkozy’s principles of the conflict settlement, and expressed readiness to engage actively in the peacekeeping process, including the presence on the ground.
17:00 Russian troops that were moving towards Tbilisi have made a turn and are now heading to Uplistsikhe, Gori district.
16:10 Russian troops from the city of Gori started moving towards Tbilisi.
15:20 Alisia Vardanyan, Georgian GPB television journalists reports from Gori that marauding has started in the city. The residents are being robbed; the houses are being demolished by Russian tanks.
15:15 According to the reports from the civilians on the ground, Georgian population of villages Bobnevi, Marana, Dzevera, Khidistavi, Tchalaubani is escaping to the forest from the Ossetian separatists.
15:00 Gigi Mtvarelidze, member of Georgian CEC, have been robbed by the Russian-speaking militaries nearby Gori. They took his car with other possessions.
14:45 Paata Sabelashvili, photographer, reported from highway nearby Gori that mini-bus with Georgian civilians have been robbed by Ossetian separatists, one of the passengers, 25-year old women has been kidnapped by the attackers.
14:20 Many residents of Gori are escaping towards the village of Ateni, south of Gori, according to the reports on the ground.
14:00 In Poti port Russian troops have blown up three Georgia Coast Guard vessels.
13:05 Village Pakhulani, Tsalenjikha district has been entered by Russian soldiers
13:00 According to reports from the ground, village of Atotsi, Kareli district, is being ravaged by Ossetian separatists.
12:35 25 civilians have been kidnapped by Ossetian separatists from the village of Tkviavi. The bus, by which the kidnapped civilians were being transported to Tskhinvali crashed, after which 4 of them managed to escape.
12:00 Russian soldiers are destroying the base of Gori artillery brigade.
Public Defender of Georgia has appealed to the leaders of all democratic countries and international organizations not to leave Georgia alone, and to "take effective measures in order to guard the internationally recognized principles and to help the Georgian people to protect their freedom".
10:20 According to the local sources, Russian troops have entered Gori.
09:20 Russian armored troops (50 units) head towards Gori from Tskhinvali.
09:12 Four civilian cars with murdered passengers are reported to have been seen in the village of Tedotsminda, Gori district.
08:00 The village of Karaleti, Gori district has been attacked by Ossetian separatists again. The cases of physical assaults and abuses of the local residents are being reported.
06:50 Two bombs have been dropped by Russian aviation in village Saqasheti, Gori district. Only one of the bombes exploded.
01.05 According to the information from the local civilian sources, Ossetian separatists are taking hostage Georgian residents of villages Nikozi, Dzveri, Tkviavi, Karaleti (north of Gori).
Population of village Berbuki, Gori District is gathered on the road, asking to be evacuated.’- The statement of MIA reports.
John McCain demands re-monitoring of the existing relation between Russia and Georgia.
The US presidential candidate underlines the issues regarding Russia’s quitting from G8 and blocking its membership in WTO.
‘The nation should not occupy another nation in the 21th century.’- McCain declared.
‘The U.S. bears responsibility equally with Georgia for the genocide of the people of South Ossetia,’ Kokoity told Interfax on Thursday.
‘The U.S.' latest steps and statements by the American leadership
only confirm this fact,’ – Eduard Kokoity remarked.
The locals will be able to return to their dwelling houses after Georgian police enters the city of Gori.
According to Vano Merabishvili, the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia, traffic movement on the Gori –Khashuri main road line will be restores already today.
As the Minister stated, traffic movement was blocked till Natakhtari till now. But the traffic movement is supposed to be restored till Igoety.
‘We will control the whole road main line and safeguard the safety of the locals. We will shift our patrolling on the road section ahead every half an hour.’
Vano Merabishvili remarked that the government of Georgia takes all measures working in state structures and police in Gori to be totally restored.
Under the plan, both sides would agree not to use force.The plan stops short of specifically addressing the issue of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The points include Russian agreements to conclude all military operations, return Russian armed forces to the line preceding the beginning of operations and not use force again in Georgia.
In return, Georgia would return its armed forces to their normal and permanent locations. Both sides would provide free access for humanitarian assistance; and international consideration of the issues of South Ossetia and Abkhazia would be undertaken.
The plan will be represented to the EU Council tomorrow.
They assaulted towards Upper Abkhazia controlled by Georgian side.
Rocket Cruiser attacked the territory as well.
A few hours ago launches of coast defense forces were destroyed. These launches were the presents from the friends of Georgia.
The President of Georgia called Ukraine and other CIS- member –countries to leave the organization.
‘Nobody can force Georgia to its knees. We reached several important decisions. We leave CIS and say farewell to Soviet Union. We call Ukraine and other CIS – member –countries to leave CIS.’- declared Mikheil Saakashvili.
As Mikheil Saakashvili stated, the Government of Georgia decided to declare south Ossetia and Abkhazia as occupied territory.
‘We decided to declare Russian army as occupation army, and south Ossetia and Abkhazia as - occupied.’ – The President of Georgia remarked.
As Medvedev stated Russia ends military actions since their mission has been fulfilled.
‘The operation that the reinforced Russian peace-keeping contingent carried out has been completed because the goal that we set ourselves has been achieved. The aggressor has been punished. The main task, which was to safeguard the interests of the Russian peacekeepers and of Russian citizens living in South Ossetia, has been accomplished.’ – declared Dmitri Medvedev.
Russia presented two conditions to Georgia: ‘The first is that all Georgian troops return to their original positions and the demilitarization of these military units. The second is the signing of a legally binding document on the non-use of force.’ – stated Dmitri Medvedev.
Nicolas Sarkozy considers that Russia should use its troops for peace.
‘The decision regarding cease-fire is the news which France and Europe has been expected. Europe reflects that Russia is a big country and the world needs peace in Russia.’ – Nicolas Sarkozy said.
The President of France handed the President of Russia a document apropos the ways of resolution of existed problems.
‘The target of Europe and France is peace. We would do everything for our target. We hope Russia would sign the document. ‘– remarked the President of France.
Approximately a half an hour ago Russian aircrafts dropped shells on borough Agara, Khashuri region.
According to the information of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, shell hit mini-bus. There are casualties reported.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia confirmed the fact of bombing the villages - Sakorintlo and Ruisi
‘Russia will neither conduct negotiations nor talk to Saakashvili.’ – stated Sergey Lavrov.
Sergey Lavrov remarked that Military tribunal is to investigate the military actions in South Ossetia committed on command of Saakashvili.
"I have reached a decision to halt the operation to force the Georgian authorities to peace," President Dmitry Medvedev said, according to Interfax.
The report also quoted Medvedev as saying that the "aggressor in South Ossetia has been punished and has incurred very significant losses."
Shortly before the announcement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference in Moscow Tuesday that it would only accept a cease-fire if Georgia withdrew from the disputed region of South Ossetia and agreed to renounce the use of force.
As Russian troops marched further into the country, capturing a strategic road and opening a second front in western Georgia after moving in from the breakaway region Abkhazia Tuesday, Lavrov said Moscow did not trust the country's leadership.He said Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's "barbaric and brutal action" had undermined trust in Georgia.
Mikheil Saakashvili – We Want to Finish War, which Was Not Broken by Us, We Want to Stop Russia’s Intervention
Such statements were made by President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili in the evening on August 11 in his special address.
‘Foreign Minister of France has visited Georgia today. President Sarkozy will arrive tomorrow. We are ready to sign the document of ceasing fire immediately; to sign the document in order the confrontation not to be resumed’, the President declared.
According to Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia is waiting for the visit of several European leaders in these days, while many European ministers are still in Georgia.
According to the German Chancellor, Germany is ready to take part in negotiations.
‘Germany will be actively involved in negotiations, as we consider that fire must be ceased immediately’, Angela Merkel stated
Air-raid alarm was raised regarding the situation. The Georgian President and foreign diplomats immediately left the territory.
Emergent: Majority of Buildings of Zugdidi Region Police Is Occupied by Russian Units, including Russian Peacekeepers
Khurcha village has been occupied by armed units of Abkhazians and Russians.
Majority of buildings of Zugdidi region police is occupied by Russian units, including Russian peacekeepers.
Head of Analytical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Shota Utiashvili released information regarding this.
According to him, united armed forces of Abkhazians and Russians entered the security zone, where Khurcha village is located.
Patrolling of Russians in being launched in Zugdidi city, what causes excitement among the population.
According to Utiashvili, these are as so-called peacekeeping units, as well as the regular army.
The visit of President of Nicolas Sarkozy to Georgia is being planned.
According to the Embassy of France, details of the visit are uncertain until present. Date, time and schedule of the visit are not known as well. Embassy of France will release the mentioned information as soon as they will define it.
According to the existing information, the visit of Nicolas Sarkozy may be held on August 12.
As Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU) reported InterpressNews, the rally is held within the scope of the project of European Union and Community by organization of Georgian students being in Greece.
Aim of the rally is providing citizens of Greece with information regarding the events taking place in Georgia.
‘We are ready to stand beside our country expressing any form of support’, the students declared.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Eka Tkeshelashvili and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Eka Zghuladze will leave for Brussels.
The situation existing in Georgia will be discussed at the meetings held in Brussels.
Russians Demand from All Georgian Policemen and Law Enforces, who Are Located on 10-km Line of Zugdidi Part of Security Zone, to Give up Their Arms an
Russian peacekeepers demand that all Georgian policemen and law enforces, who are located on 10-km line of Zugdidi part of security zone, to give up their arms and weapons to peacekeeping forces. In other case, peacekeepers threaten to extract arms from 10.00 am by force.
In spite of the ultimatum raised by the Russian side, Georgian police is not going to give up weapons and continue protection of the population.
State Minister of Georgia in Reintegration Issues Temur Iakobashvili stated about this.
According to him, Russian soldiers have no right to raise such an ultimatum to Georgian police.
‘We have let know international community, including the UN, regarding this absurd demand and appealed them to take effective measures. We have to win several struggles, including on diplomatic front and it’s very important that such facts be fixed on international scale. The more such foolish things will be committed by Russians, the greater will be international support towards Georgia’, Temur Iakobashvili declared.
Please stand up for freedom and democracy in the world. Please take an action for independence in Georgia. If you allow Russia to bully one small nation now, the Russian government will think it can get away with bullying other nations, potentially even the United States, in the future. Please raise your voice where ever you can and communicate this message throughout the states.
American Georgians.’ – The message reads.
President George W Bush told US TV he had frank discussions with Russian PM Vladimir Putin at the Olympics, calling Russia's actions "disproportionate".
Meanwhile, Georgia said Russian planes had bombed targets near its capital, despite Tbilisi declaring a ceasefire.And Moscow accused Georgian forces of firing on Russian positions in the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali.
The military base and the city Gori were bombed for many times during the last days.
The locals of Gori have already left the city. Georgian and foreign journalists are still working in the international media centre.
As the reporter of InterpressNews reports, the probable target of attacks was military aerodrome of Shiraki located in Dedophlistskaro. Though, the aerodrome has not been out of working order for 15-16 years, namely since Russian military units left this territory.
Bombs damaged the take-off runaway of aerodrome and houses. Fortunately no casualties and wounded have been reported.
Emergent: According to data of August 11, 2008, over 50 Russian Fighter Jets are Flying across Airspace of Georgia
According to the data of August 11, 2008, over 50 Russian fighter jets are flying across the airspace of Georgia.
Earlier today the capital city of Georgia has been bombed. Shells hit Makhata Mountain and Kojori brigade base. Russia attacks Georgia in spite of the fact that the foreign minister of Finland - Alexander Stubb and the foreign minister of France – Bernard Kushner are on official visit in Tbilisi.
Georgian troops have been withdrawn from the conflict zone and Georgia has declared unilateral cease-fire, despite Russian Federation attacks the whole territory of Georgia.
International community should take extreme measures to stop Russia.
Russian fighter jets bombed Patriots camp located in the village of Ganmukhuri, Zugdidi region as well.
Information regarding casualties has not been confirmed until yet. Several have been wounded.
As InterpressNews was reported by the Ministry of Internal affairs, Russian fighter jets dropped shells on Makhata Mountain and the village of Patara Lilo at 04:30 am.
According to the preliminary information, nobody has been injured in bombing.
Shota Utiashvili, head of the analytical department of Interal Ministry of Georgia reported regarding this.
No information has been spread regarding destructions. was reported by the Ministry of Internal affairs, nobody was in brigade base of Kojori when shell exploded. No wounded have been reported.
According to the released information, shells exploded near the dwelling in the village of Makhvilauri. The village is 14 m away from the border of Turkey.
Several busses and a house have been damaged due to blasts in borough Khelvachauri. No wounded have been reported.
Russian fighter jets flew over Batumi for 10 minutes and left Georgian airspace.
Mikheil Saakashvili, the President of Georgia met with the Foreign Ministers of France and Finland – Bernard Kushner and Alexander Stubb. The president of Georgia stated once again that Russia commits military aggression against Georgia and Georgia is forced to defense.
‘We do not want a war with Russia. But Russian tanks are moving towards our capital city and fighter jets are bombing our country. Fire should be ceased immediately. ‘-declared Mikheil Saakashvili.
The President of Georgia evaluated Russia’ aggression against Georgia as the greatest surrealistic crisis ever.
The foreign Minister of France – Bernard Kushner declared that France and ESCO are ready to get involved in resolution of the conflict actively.
The foreign minister of Finland and the OSCE Chairman-in-Office – Alexander Stubb confirmed the readiness of ESCO and EU to participate in resolution process as well.
Irakli Alasania, the permanent representative of Georgia to the EU, provided the Security Council with derailed information regarding the developments in Georgia and called the Council for taking efficacious steps to stop the occupation of Georgia.
‘During the last 12 hours, Russia continiues brutal bombing of the country. Russian land forces annihilate the population and occupy the country. Russia has reinforced its warlike equipments .Our forces are stationed far away from the conflict zone. Russian fighter jets bomb the territory of Georgia.’- stated Irakli Alasania.
Irakli Alasania presented detailed report of bombing the territory of Georgia and remarked that Russian ships prevent humanitarian aid to be carried in the conflict zone.
Alasania remarked that Russia tries to force Abkhazia to open the second front.
Russia’s attempt to represent its invasion into Georgia as a peaceful act is absurd. Russia has no right and ground for such acts – said Irakli Alasania.
The special session of the UN Security council was held at the request of Georgian and US delegations today.