Russia and Georgia at full-scale war as breakaway South Ossetia becomes battlefield
DEBKAfile Special Report
August 9, 2008, 12:21 PM (GMT+02:00)
Latest developments Saturday, Aug. 9, 08
- Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili asks parliament to declared martial law.
- All men aged 18-50 called to reserve duty as Georgia recalls 1,000 troops from Iraq.
- Government institutions in Georgian capital of Tbilisi are evacuated as the president declares a state of war.
- Georgian town of Gori badly hit by Russian fighters.
- Russian general confirms two of its jets were shot down. Georgia claims one pilot was captured.
- Units of Russian paratroopers have “completely liberated” the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali ---
- Russian bombers earlier devastated a Tskhinvali apartment block killing five people.
- Local hospitals are overflowing with casualties. The region’s power, water and telephones are cut off.
- 30,000 refugees have fled the embattled region into Russia.
- Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov warned Georgia’s arms suppliers they will be held accountable for the South Ossetia situation.
DEBKAfile’s sources say this is directed at the United States and Israel.
- The two-day death in South Ossetia combat is estimated at 1,600.
- Russian jets struck Georgia’s Black Sea port of Poti, hitting container tanks, a naval base and military logistical center near a major pipeline from Baku.