Georgia Started 2008 South Ossetia War after Russia Provocation

World | September 30, 2009, Wednesday // 13:29|  views

Russian President Medvedev during the marking of the first year since the end of the war in South Ossetia. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Georgia is the country that started the five-day war over South Ossetia in August 2008 but only after a number of Russian provocations.

This is the conclusion of a report on the causes of the war ordered by the EU. BGNES cites a source from the commission that created the document, which is to be released later on Wednesday, as saying that both of the involved sides were responsible for the conflict.

The report has found that the fighting started when Georgian troops entered South Ossetia the night of August 7-8 but that there had been no encroachment of the border by Russian forces.

This disproves the argument of Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili that his country reacted to a Russian attempt to invade Georgia through a tunnel between Russia and South Ossetia.


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Tags: Georgia, Russia, EU, war, South Ossetia, 2008


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