Sunday 15 September 2019

Russian soldiers continue to occupy Georgian towns

Russian soldiers are still occupying three towns in Georgia today as international efforts continue to resolve the crisis in the country.

Russia is vowing to remain in control of the towns until it is satisfied that the Georgian military is no longer capable of attacking the breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Russia and Georgia have both accepted a French-brokered peace plan that requires them to return to the positions they held before Georgia launched an asault on South Ossetia last week.

The Russians are accusing the Georgians of committing war crimes against civilians in South Ossetia, while Georgia is accusing Russia of allowing South Ossetian rebels to engage in murder, looting and ethnic cleansing in several Georgian towns.

US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is due to visit Tblisi today to reinforce the Bush administration's "unwavering" support for Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvilli.

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