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Pro-Moscow strongman heads South Ossetia

August 16, 2018
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From his proud military past in the Red Army, Eduard Kokoity, theunrecognised president of South Ossetia, could hardly be a moredifferent leader from his Georgian rival. (Sydney Morning Herald — 2 hours ago)
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Georgia declared a state of war Saturday as fierce battles with Russia military over the breakaway region of South Ossetia entered their second day. (CNN — 9 August, 2008)
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Dozens of Russian warplanes bombed civilian and military targets in the former republic of Georgia on Saturday, and a Russian ambassador said that as many as 2,000 people had been killed in in the capital of separatist Georgian province South Ossetia. (CNN — 17 hours ago)
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that Russian peacekeepers are “trying to force Georgians to cease fire” in the conflict over the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. (CNN — 9 August, 2008)
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As Georgian troops launched a major military offensive Friday to regain control over the breakaway province of South Ossetia, the former Soviet republic’s president accused Russia of bombing its territory. (CNN — 8 August, 2008)
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Air attacks over Georgia intensified on Saturday, as Russian officials said their forces had retaken the South Ossetian capita and reported 1,500 civilian deaths. (New York Times — 9 August, 2008)
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As Russia moved in more forces and continued aerial bombing, it appeared determined to occupy South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (New York Times — 7 hours ago)
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TBILISI, Georgia — Georgia’s Interior Ministry spokesman says that Georgian forces have shot down two Russian combat planes.

(Washington Post — 8 August, 2008)
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Bombs rocked Tbilisi early Saturday morning as the fight between Georgia and Russia over a breakaway region intensified and moved into the Georgian capital. (CNN — 9 August, 2008)
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Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia region is experiencing the worst outbreak of hostilities since it won de facto indepdence� in 1992. NBC News’ Moscow producer explains the issues behind the violence. (MSNBC — 9 August, 2008)
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