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11 августа 20:35
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TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) -- Georgia\'s president says he has signed an international-brokered proposal for a cease-fire with Russia in their conflict over the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

Georgian troops on a tank in the city of Gori, which their president claims was attacked by Russia.
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President Mikheil Saakashvili said Monday that the proposal would be taken to Moscow by the French and Finnish foreign ministers.

"We are trying to stop this as soon as possible," Saakashvili said during a conference call with Western journalists.

Saakashvili said that Georgian troops had downed "18 or 19" Russian warplanes, killed hundreds of Russian troops and repelled a Russian assault on the Georgian city of Gori.

He claimed Russia had 500 tanks and 25,000 troops inside Georgia. Watch aftermath of Russian strike »

A Russian defense ministry spokesman denied that Russian troops had entered Georgian territory outside of the breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and said only four planes had been lost.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of the European Union, will visit the capitals of both Russia and Georgia Tuesday in his diplomatic efforts to end the fighting, according to Saakashvili.

Sarkozy\'s office earlier said he would travel to Moscow to meet with Russian President Dimitri Medvedev, but it has not confirmed a stop in Tbilisi.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb were to make their way to Moscow on Monday evening after spending Sunday and Monday in Tbilisi meeting with Georgian officials.

Stubb said they had a proposal which included a "forceful way forward" to a cease-fire and withdrawal plan. Watch more on the victims of the fighting »

"I agreed with every point of it," Saakashvili said. "They are going now back to Moscow trying to convince the Russians to take the offer."
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A Georgian National Security Council official said the document signed by Saakashvili called for an unconditional cease-fire, a non-use of force agreement, a withdrawal of Russian troops from Georgian territory, including the South Ossetia region, and provisions for international peacekeeping and mediation.

Sources close to the delegation said the French and Finnish ministers, along with their Georgian counterpart, would visit Gori Monday afternoon to see first-hand damage caused by Russian airstrikes.

Russian Defense Ministry Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn said some Georgian troops remained in South Ossetia but they were being driven out.

"At the moment, our troops are pushing out, capturing and disarming groups of Georgian law enforcement agencies which have been surrounded in the capital of South Ossetia," Nogovitsyn said. Watch Georgia\'s president run for cover »

Nogovitsyn said Russian forces "are not going beyond" the borders of South Ossetia.

"This is a matter of principle," he said. "The 1992 treaty which Georgia signed, among others, clearly defines the limits of responsibility of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, and is doesn\'t have any tasks of invading the Georgian territory.

Russia controls the sky

The skies over the breakaway regions and Georgia belonged to the Russians, he said, as the Georgian air force was not flying.

They had "inflicted damage on operational systems, troops and military facilities of Georgia," but Nogovitsyn denied Russian bombers had attacked a civilian radar installation at the Tbilisi International Airport.

A Georgian Foreign Ministry statement said "several dozen Russian bombers" were over Georgian Monday afternoon "intensively bombing Tbilisi, Poti, villages in Adjara, and elsewhere."

"Overnight, as many as 50 Russian bombers were reported operating simultaneously over Georgia, targeting civilian populations in cities and villages, as well as radio and telecommunications sites," the statement said.
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Colonel-General Nogovitsyn repeated an earlier charge that Georgian troops were engaged in genocide against civilians in South Ossetia, which he said he could "prove to the media."

"During their mop-up operations in South Ossetia, Georgian commandos have thrown hand grenades into the basements where civilians were hiding," he said. "That\'s what we call genocide."

South Ossetia\'s capital, Tskhinvali, lay in smoldering ruins after four days of fighting between Georgian and Russian forces. Each side accused the other of killing large numbers of civilians. Russia said at least 2,000 people had been killed in Tskhinvali.

Georgia began withdrawing its forces from Tskhinvali early Sunday.

Georgia, a pro-Western ally of the U.S., is intent on asserting its authority over South Ossetia and Abkhazia, both of which have strong Russian-backed separatist movements.

The situation in South Ossetia escalated rapidly from Thursday night, when Georgia said it launched an operation into the region after artillery fire from separatists killed 10 people. It accused Russia of backing the separatists.

South Ossetia, which has a population of about 70,000, is inside Georgia but has an autonomous government. Many South Ossetians support unification with North Ossetia, which would make them part of Russia.
Russia supports the South Ossetian government, has given passports to many in South Ossetia, and calls them Russian citizens.
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  • 11 августа 2008 | 20:36 (ссылка #443722)
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    а типо по русски можно?.кста если че то мы в россии;) и много людей любят свой язык и грят только по нему)
  • йюлКогзоМ
    11 августа 2008 | 20:36 (ссылка #443720)
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    Журналисты жгут. Саакашвилли сказал то, Саакашвилли сказал это... Кстати, картинки не вставились.
  • йюлКогзоМ
    11 августа 2008 | 20:37 (ссылка #443721)
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    а типо по русски можно?.кста если че то мы в россии;) и много людей любят свой язык и грят только по нему)
    Это написано по-английски и читать надо тоже по-английски.
  • йюлКогзоМ
    11 августа 2008 | 20:39 (ссылка #443718)
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  • 11 августа 2008 | 20:41 (ссылка #443712)
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    маленький крокодил
    Контрацептив резиновый, Саакшвили этот. Все с ног на голову пытается поставить.
  • йюлКогзоМ
    11 августа 2008 | 20:43 (ссылка #443717)
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    Контрацептив резиновый, Саакшвили этот.
    Саакашвилли - падонак! Фокс ньюс - "Россия продолжает отаковать" www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,401243,00.html
  • йюлКогзоМ
    11 августа 2008 | 20:48 (ссылка #443719)
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    Вашингтон пост - "Конфликт между россией и грузией разрастается" www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2008/08/08/GA2 008080802276.html?sid=ST2008081002626
  • 11 августа 2008 | 20:50 (ссылка #443714)
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    Многа букафф.. и мало того! Английских! кое как осилил.. слов нет)
  • 11 августа 2008 | 23:28 (ссылка #443710)
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    А вот и статья самого Саакашвили, почитай: Why this war? This is the question my people are asking. This war is not of Georgia\'s making, nor is it Georgia\'s choice. The Kremlin designed this war. Earlier this year, Russia tried to provoke Georgia by effectively annexing another of our separatist territories, Abkhazia. When we responded with restraint, Moscow brought the fight to South Ossetia. Ostensibly, this war is about an unresolved separatist conflict. Yet in reality, it is a war about the independence and the future of Georgia. And above all, it is a war over the kind of Europe our children will live in. Let us be frank: This conflict is about the future of freedom in Europe. No country of the former Soviet Union has made more progress toward consolidating democracy, eradicating corruption and building an independent foreign policy than Georgia. This is precisely what Russia seeks to crush. This conflict is therefore about our common trans-Atlantic values of liberty and democracy. It is about the right of small nations to live freely and determine their own future. It is about the great power struggles for influence of the 20th century, versus the path of integration and unity defined by the European Union of the 21st. Georgia has made its choice. When my government was swept into power by a peaceful revolution in 2004, we inherited a dysfunctional state plagued by two unresolved conflicts dating to the early 1990s. I pledged to reunify my country -- not by the force of arms, but by making Georgia a pole of attraction. I wanted the people living in the conflict zones to share in the prosperous, democratic country that Georgia could -- and has -- become. In a similar spirit, we sought friendly relations with Russia, which is and always will be Georgia\'s neighbor. We sought deep ties built on mutual respect for each other\'s independence and interests. While we heeded Russia\'s interests, we also made it clear that our independence and sovereignty were not negotiable. As such, we felt we could freely pursue the sovereign choice of the Georgian nation -- to seek deeper integration into European economic and security institutions. We have worked hard to peacefully bring Abkhazia and South Ossetia back into the Georgian fold, on terms that would fully protect the rights and interests of the residents of these territories. For years, we have offered direct talks with the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, so that we could discuss our plan to grant them the broadest possible autonomy within the internationally recognized borders of Georgia. But Russia, which effectively controls the separatists, responded to our efforts with a policy of outright annexation. While we appealed to residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia with our vision of a common future, Moscow increasingly took control of the separatist regimes. The Kremlin even appointed Russian security officers to arm and administer the self-styled separatist governments. Under any circumstances, Russia\'s meddling in our domestic affairs would have constituted a gross violation of international norms. But its actions were made more egregious by the fact that Russia, since the 1990s, has been entrusted with the responsibility of peacekeeping and mediating in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Rather than serve as honest broker, Russia became a direct party to the conflicts, and now an open aggressor. As Europe expanded its security institutions to the Black Sea, my government appealed to the Western community of nations -- particularly European governments and institutions -- to play a leading role in resolving our separatist conflicts. The key to any resolution was to replace the outdated peacekeeping and negotiating structures created almost two decades ago, and dominated by Russia, with a genuine international effort. But Europe kept its distance and, predictably, Russia escalated its provocations. Our friends in Europe counseled restraint, arguing that diplomacy would take its course. We followed their advice and took it one step further, by constantly proposing new ideas to resolve the conflicts. Just this past spring, we offered the separatist leaders sweeping autonomy, international guarantees and broad representation in our government. Our offers of peace were rejected. Moscow sought war. In April, Russia began treating the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as Russian provinces. Again, our friends in the West asked us to show restraint, and we did. But under the guise of peacekeeping, Russia sent paratroopers and heavy artillery into Abkhazia. Repeated provocations were designed to bring Georgia to the brink of war. When this failed, the Kremlin turned its attention to South Ossetia, ordering its proxies there to escalate attacks on Georgian positions. My government answered with a unilateral cease-fire; the separatists began attacking civilians and Russian tanks pierced the Georgian border. We had no choice but to protect our civilians and restore our constitutional order. Moscow then used this as pretext for a full-scale military invasion of Georgia. Over the past days, Russia has waged an all-out attack on Georgia. Its tanks have been pouring into South Ossetia. Its jets have bombed not only Georgian military bases, but also civilian and economic infrastructure, including demolishing the port of Poti on the Black Sea coast. Its Black Sea fleet is now massing on our shores and an attack is under way in Abkhazia. What is at stake in this war? Most obviously, the future of my country is at stake. The people of Georgia have spoken with a loud and clear voice: They see their future in Europe. Georgia is an ancient European nation, tied to Europe by culture, civilization and values. In January, three in four Georgians voted in a referendum to support membership in NATO. These aims are not negotiable; now, we are paying the price for our democratic ambitions. Second, Russia\'s future is at stake. Can a Russia that wages aggressive war on its neighbors be a partner for Europe? It is clear that Russia\'s current leadership is bent on restoring a neocolonial form of control over the entire space once governed by Moscow. If Georgia falls, this will also mean the fall of the West in the entire former Soviet Union and beyond. Leaders in neighboring states -- whether in Ukraine, in other Caucasian states or in Central Asia -- will have to consider whether the price of freedom and independence is indeed too high.
  • 11 августа 2008 | 23:35 (ссылка #443715)
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    Barfly, фак мой мозг! переводить не буду, не просите!
  • 11 августа 2008 | 23:37 (ссылка #443711)
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    Александр1990, дык, и так просто написано...
  • 11 августа 2008 | 23:39 (ссылка #443713)
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    О_о ниасилил нифига!
  • 11 августа 2008 | 23:41 (ссылка #443716)
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    не, половину прочел, бросил.. пойду лучше кино посмарю..
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