Wednesday, August 13, 2008

COMING UP: Russia-Georgia Conflict - Guest entry by Brenda Bolgaert

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Some of you might know our beloved classmate Brenda from the good ole GSP (Global Studies Programme) days. She's now working in Georgia, but has recently been evacuated to Armenia because of the fight going on in Ossetia.

Hopefully she'll be able to tell us what's happening on the ground over there in a couple of days.

Read below for summary on the conflict.....

Source: BBC (

The fighting in Georgia started last Thursday (Aug 7) when Georgian troops threw the first punch at Russia by launching a surprise attack on (pro-Russia) separatist troops in South Ossetia.

Needless to say, Russia reacted in full force by sending in tanks and troops supported by air attacks on Georgia. Georgian troops were decisively defeated.

Today the two countries declared a truce, brokered by France, but Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili says that Russian attacks on people are still happening and Russian tanks remain present in Gori (in Georgia). An AFP journalist reported that Russian tanks and military trucks are headed in the direction of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

The fighting has left an estimated 100,000 people displaced and scores dead.

Brenda...we're looking forward to hearing from you!!!! :)

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