Sunday, August 10, 2008

Georgia declares ceasefire with Russia

Война в Южной Осетии

(War in South Ossetia)

Sun, 10 Aug 2008
Georgia has announced ceasefire in the breakaway South Ossetia region and called for urgent talks with Moscow to stop animosities. "Georgian armed forces ceased fire in the Tskhinvali region," a statement released by the Georgian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday. The statement stressed that President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the ceasefire and his message has been sent to the Russian side. "Georgia expresses its readiness to immediately start negotiations with the Russian Federation on a ceasefire and termination of hostilities," the statement also highlighted. Georgian military forces began a large-scale military offensive against the South Ossetian separatists on Thursday evening in order to regain control of the province, which declared independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Russia deployed its peacekeeping troops to South Ossetia following Georgia's military offensive against the breakaway region. 2,000 people are killed and more than 30,000 refugees have reportedly left South Ossetia for Russia since the beginning of clashes between Georgian forces and South Ossetian separatists.


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