President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia has characterized the attack [Tskhinvali, the capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia] as a precise and defensive act. But according to observations of the monitors, documented Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, Georgian artillery rounds and rockets were falling throughout the city at intervals of 15 to 20 seconds between explosions, and within the first hour of the bombardment at least 48 rounds landed in a civilian area. The monitors have also said they were unable to verify that ethnic Georgian villages were under heavy bombardment that evening, calling to question one of Mr. Saakashvili’s main justifications for the attack.
Friday, November 07, 2008
It seems the Russia-Georgian conflict was not as clear-cut or black and white as some might have us believe: