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August 26, 2018
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RUSSIAN forces said they had started withdrawing from Georgia last night, but insisted they will keep hundreds of troops inside a buffer zone in the neighbouring republic. (Sydney Morning Herald — 23 August, 2008)
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Russia said today it had completed a pullback of troops fromGeorgia but the Georgian government challenged the claim while theUnited States and France called for further withdrawal. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 23 August, 2008)
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Russia gave conflicting signals on Thursday about whether it would withdraw its troops from Georgia by its self-imposed deadline of Friday. (New York Times — 22 August, 2008)
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Russia insisted that it was sticking to its timetable to withdraw Friday but there were continuing reports that Russian forces were still digging in. (New York Times — 22 August, 2008)
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Russian forces blocked the only land entrance to Georgia’s main port city on Thursday, a day before Russia promised to complete a troop pullout from its ex-Soviet neighbor. (MSNBC — 22 August, 2008)
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A top Russian general on Saturday said his country’s forces will continue to patrol a key Georgian Black Sea port. (MSNBC — 23 August, 2008)
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A convoy of food aid for beleaguered Georgians rumbled through a Russian checkpoint Wednesday, despite few signs by soldiers of fulfilling Moscow’s promise of a pullback within two days. (MSNBC — 20 August, 2008)
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As Russia withdrew most of its forces from Georgia, it was becoming ever more clear that Moscow had no intention of restoring what once was either on the ground or diplomatically. (New York Times — 23 August, 2008)
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US president George W Bush and French president Nicolas Sarkozyhave agreed that Russia is ‘not in compliance’ with a ceasefirepact for Georgia, says the White Hous. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 23 August, 2008)
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TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 20 — Russian troops tightened access to the occupied town of Gori on Wednesday amid reports that they were starting to move some military vehicles out of the town through the separatist zone South Ossetia and toward the Russian border.

(Washington Post — 21 August, 2008)
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