The CaucasusDDI 2008 GTBrad Bolman
U – Ossetia
Ossetia instable now – they’re preparing for war against Georgia
Daily News Bulletin
South Ossetian authorities are prepared to order general mobilization and announce the recruitment of volunteersthroughout the entire North Caucasus to oppose Georgia's attacks
, South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity said. "
If Georgiacontinues provocative actions, we will announce the recruitment of volunteers not only in the North Ossetia but in the entireNorth Caucasus and also carry out general mobilization in South Ossetia
," Kokoity told Interfax on Saturday.
Kokoity said hehad discussed the Georgian attacks with North Ossetian President Teimuraz Mamsurov
. Response fire opened by South Ossetianforces inflicted significant damage on Georgian troops, Kokoity said. "There are losses among Georgian personnel and hardware," hesaid. "A lot of strongholds on the Sarabuka Hill were hit, and in the morning we heard Georgian soldiers moaning and weeping, as noaid was provided to them - in fact, they were abandoned," Kokoity said. Georgia is currently concealing the true losses it incurredfrom South Ossetia's retaliatory actions, he said. South Ossetian forces have destroyed at least one armored personnel carrier, he said."A house belonging to a sniper, who earlier shot South Ossetian residents, has also been destroyed," Kokoity said. Residents of theGeorgian village "outraged by this man's activities" showed South Ossetian forces the house's location, he said. Kokoity admitted thatTskhinvali had sustained significant damage because of the attacks. "About 30 craters from large-caliber mines were recorded in thesouthern part of Tskhinvali alone in the morning," Kokoity said. South Ossetia has not known damages comparable to those caused bythe Friday firing since 2004, he said.
Russia’s threatening Georgia, threaten to use force
/08, “Moscow warns Georgia over escalation of conflict in breakaway region” lexis [BB]
Russia has accused Georgia of using disproportionate force in its breakaway republic of South Ossetia, and has called forurgent steps to avoid violence
, the Russian Foreign Ministry official website www.mid.ru has said. "
Moscow is seriously concernedwith the escalation of tensions in the region caused by disproportionate use of force by the Georgian side,
" Russian DeputyForeign Minister Grigoriy Karasin told his Georgian counterpart Grigol Vashadze by phone. "Tbilisi should realize that there is a realthreat of the situation developing in a violent way, and should take effective measures not to allow further escalation of the conflict,"the website quoted him as saying.
Stop fretting in your boots. There will be no war in Central Asia or the Caucasus