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Russia says pullback complete, US, France call for more

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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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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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ZUGDIDI, Georgia, Aug. 18 — Russian troops remained camped out Monday in a Georgian military base in this western city and in a nearby house said to be the Georgian president’s vacation retreat, showing no sign of leaving on what Moscow called Day One of a pullout from Georgia.

(Washington Post — 20 August, 2008)
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TBILISI, Georgia, Aug. 19 — Russian troops returned to the Georgian port city of Poti on Tuesday, taking 20 Georgian soldiers prisoner, towing away several American Humvees and blowing up a missile ship, reporters and Georgian officials said.

(Washington Post — 20 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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GORI, Georgia, Aug. 22 — Russia pulled troops and armored vehicles out of vast swaths of seized territory and ended its 10-day occupation of this Georgian city Friday, but Georgian and foreign officials disputed Russia’s claim that it had complied with the terms of a recent cease-fire agreement. (Washington Post — 24 August, 2008)
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RUSTAVI, Georgia, Aug. 23 — Georgian civilians captured and recently freed by Russian and South Ossetian forces on Saturday described beatings, forced labor and miserable living conditions in prison.

(Washington Post — 24 August, 2008)
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Georgia has deployed a massive police presence in and around the city of Gori to help guarantee security for returning residents. (New York Times — 24 August, 2008)
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RUSSIA plans to establish a long-term presence inside Georgia andone of its breakaway republics by adding 18 checkpoints, includingat least eight within undisputed Georgian territory outside thepro-Russian enclave of South Ossetia, a Russian military officialhas revealed. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 22 August, 2008)
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President Bush today affirmed support for the territorial integrity of Georgia, declaring that the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia “are part of” the Eastern European country and again condemning Russia’s two-week-old invasion in support of separatists there.

(Washington Post — 21 August, 2008)
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