Friday, August 8, 2008
Russian tanks have entered Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia, says Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Georgia has been fighting separatists with ties to Russia in order to regain control of the province, which has had de facto independence since the 1990s.
Georgia is reported to have said any involvement of Russian forces in the conflict will result in a state of war.
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Amid international calls for restraint, Russia’s president promised to defend Russian citizens in South Ossetia.
Moscow’s defence ministry said more than 10 of its peacekeeping troops in South Ossetia had been killed and 30 wounded in the Georgian offensive. At least 15 civilians are also reported dead.
Georgia’s president said 150 Russian tanks and other vehicles had entered South Ossetia.