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War in South Ossetia

On Thursday, August 7th, Georgian armed forces entered into the breakaway region of South Ossetia to assert Georgian governance of the region - a de facto (yet largely unrecognized) independent republic that has support from neighboring Russia. Russia responded on August 8th by sending its own military into Georgia - not only into region of South Ossetia - but also into the nearby breakaway republic of Abkhazia and deeper into Georgia itself. Many Airstrikes and ground skirmishes have taken place since, with several parties calling for a cease-fire, but no agreement as yet. Those paying the highest price for the war are the South Ossetian civilians, which may have suffered (depending on who is reporting) between 100 and 2,000 deaths to date. (29 photos total)

A convoy of Russian troops makes its way through the Caucasus Mountains toward the armed conflict between Georgian troops and separatist South Ossetian troops, in the South Ossetian village of Dzhaba on August 9, 2008. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili declared a "state of war" as his troops battled it out with Russian forces over the breakaway province of South Ossetia. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP)
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517 comments so far...
1.

Its always thesame: Dumb man allow politicians to send them to war and to murder other humans. every man should be intelligent and curagous enough not to go to war. nothing is worth getting killed for, u have just one life and there is no heaven or god to help you.

Posted by thereisnogod August 11, 08 11:58 AM
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These images are very powerful. I hope the news coverage continues and does not fall away like it so often does after the media has become disinterested in a story.

http://ericstoller.com/blog/

Posted by Eric Stoller August 11, 08 12:06 PM
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wow... ... ... no comment

Posted by Thibault August 11, 08 12:06 PM
4.

shocking.

incredible war-photography..

Posted by Martin Saulis August 11, 08 12:08 PM
5.

Thanks for reminding us there is more going on than the Olympics right now. Another job well done.

Posted by Ben August 11, 08 12:12 PM
6.

Thank you for the photos.

I'm not in any kind of position to take sides, but no one's ever happy to see violence.

Posted by Claudio Ibarra August 11, 08 12:13 PM
7.

How frightening revealing these images are....

Posted by TheBaltimoreBabe at Blogspot August 11, 08 12:15 PM
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It's not that simple thereisnogod, If I was a Georgian (Not a separatist) and my country was being attacked by Russia (though I know it's not that simple) I would certainly take up arms to defend my country.

Posted by Kevin August 11, 08 12:18 PM
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So I'm thinking this morning that we would get beautiful, inspired photos from the Olympics today. Thank you for not giving us the obvious. While President Bush is enjoying watching Michael Phelps win gold medals, all is not right in the world. Darfur, Iraq and now Georgia. I guess we'll let the next President worry about it.

Posted by ExtremeTrek August 11, 08 12:19 PM
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The "A wounded Georgian woman lies in front of an apartment building," picture also contains a corpse laying on the ground just behind her - she's almost leaning on it. Could you add that to the tag?

Posted by Lesley G August 11, 08 12:22 PM
11.

There is GOD, but GOD didn't order us to kill each other, GOD ordered us to live peacefully and build the earth not destroy it. one day will come when we all stand infront of GOD and be asked on what we have done with our life and those people who killed others won't have anything to say.

Posted by Mo August 11, 08 12:28 PM
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amazing as always, very powerful pictures!

on a side note, you guys do an amazing photo-journalistic job...you guys should keep the quality throughout the descriptions of the pictures...(see picture 9 - "flys" vs. "flies")

Posted by eng+ August 11, 08 12:32 PM
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I hope that they are able to end the war there but we should not be so quick to judge their governments as our own is involved in a questionable war also.

http://www.letutor.com/blog foreign language blog

Posted by Language School August 11, 08 12:40 PM
14.

@Mo, that god of yours is a hippy!

And if any deity wants to talk to me, he can go straigh to hell. He never answered my calls and i'm supossed to hear him when he wants? No way. He's the hippy, not me.

Wasn't there peace when the olympic games were running? Wasn't that on the label? I think someone is cheating here. And that Putin have a schedule of when can he play around when people is looking somewhere else.

Posted by Happy Ol' Dave August 11, 08 12:48 PM
15.

Another war over nothing. Politicians never pay the price of war. Perhaps if they had to, they wouldn't be so willing to sacrifice the lives of innocent people.

Posted by Alain Saffel August 11, 08 12:49 PM
16.

again, thank you.

Posted by Jayshun August 11, 08 01:00 PM
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US gave a green light to Georgia to provoke Russia so that Russians' attention will be diverted away from issues in Iran, while the US, UK, France, and Isreal are amassing their presence for a strike against Iran.

http://europebusines.blogspot.com/2008/08/massive-us-naval-armada-heads-for-iran.html

Posted by a faithful reader August 11, 08 01:04 PM
18.

Why would you need to lie on such a clear and yet subtle matter, huh?

Russia is acting according to the peace-keeping treaties it has signed, honoring it's UN mandates. This is not a military aggression of any kind.

Georgians have slaughtered Ossetians more than enough, twice in the 20th century already: during the Russian Civil War and when USSR collapsed; and now they start it all anew. How much blood of the civilians do you need not to write lies under the photographs, like the one with Grad multiple rocket launching systems bombarding peaceful Tshinvali, destroying the living quarters and the hospital?

Posted by danvolodar August 11, 08 01:05 PM
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I love how pictures give real meaning and personality to your stories. Having said that, thank you for not automatically displaying the three photos you tagged "graphic or objectionable" so we have a choice of viewing them or not. It's a good user experience.

Posted by A.Reader August 11, 08 01:21 PM
20.

As always, great images. Thank You!

http://www.photodunski.com/

Posted by Steven August 11, 08 01:22 PM
21.

An unidentified fighter jet ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:RusSu-25.jpg

Posted by joess August 11, 08 01:45 PM
22.

Lo siento, lo siento muchisimo.
¿Cómo los humanos somos capaces de tanta atrocidad?

Posted by Miranda August 11, 08 01:59 PM
23.

Money is the worst religion. All those people are dying just because of money.

Posted by Anorher reader August 11, 08 02:10 PM
24.

refreshing to see photojournalism offered a break from censorship of the past.
good work.

Posted by Sam August 11, 08 02:28 PM
25.

Putin’s goal is to occupy and unite all 15 states into Soviet Union (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova,Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan) another Putin’s aim is to get an access to Adriatic sea, which is working now with Podgorica in Montenegro, and he will not stop. Putin has an extremely cruel and vicious character (another Milosevic), that will destroy Russia politically and economically. Putin idea of invasion must be stopped with dialog and if necessary with force. The World doesn’t need any leader with uncivilized nature and uncivilized quality. His act in Georgia is cruel and brutal and must stop.

Posted by Shuki August 11, 08 03:06 PM
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danvolodar, you don't know what you're talking about. Textbook summaries don't take into account the real people who live these conflicts. having been to (and lived in) georgia and russia, and speaking both russian and georgian, i feel for everyone involved, but my heart truly breaks for georgia and its fragile state. Putin cannot selectively assign validity to ethnic regions and their quest for sovereignty and expect the rest of the world to turn a blind eye to the political interests behind such 'policy' and support.

Neither can the US, one might argue, but right now there are only two active participants in this conflict.

Regardless of who is right or wrong, the bottom line is that Russia is no longer an unbiased party able to serve as a peacekeeping force in the region and should be forcibly expelled immediately.

Posted by girl August 11, 08 03:12 PM
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Triste

Posted by n August 11, 08 03:28 PM
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Ladies and gentlemen! The half of photo is done not in Gori, but in blasted Tskhinvali. Did it Georgian soldiery. Attentively look on the photo of President of Georgia with a guard. In the background pictures – people stand and laugh. Saakashvili is a great artist.

Posted by Gallop August 11, 08 03:31 PM
29.

A well planned Russian aggression for sure!!!
To believe that Georgia was somehow looking for a fitting moment to pick a fight with Russia is absolutely absurd. That would be the equivalent of Saudi Arabia trying to challenge USA on a basketball court.
Russia has gone crazy and all the world is too chicken-hearted to do anything about it. Even NATO and EU are just stuttering, to say nothing about Americans who seem to have an agenda of their own.
At least in Riga, Latvia several hundred people took it to the streets today and protested at the Russian embassy. Three black coffins were placed at their doorsteps, one carrying the inscription "Russia's conscience".

Posted by Pro-Georgia August 11, 08 03:35 PM
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je croyais encore que la Treve Olympique existait ! mais non...
I had a dream , but even the Olympic Truce no longer exists...

Posted by Annick (from France) August 11, 08 03:37 PM
31.

As someone said; it was a hysterically manipulated movement to see indirect Russian reaction, just before realizing the Iran game... Now everything is crystal clear, and hope that big irrational game won't start.

Posted by Bernardinione Fertaluccianona August 11, 08 03:39 PM
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It is nice to hear some of your opinions on this conflict, yet I feel like there are a bunch of comments that have been posted without full knowledge of the facts and are just based on stereotypes. It is sad that some people base their opinions this way since i believe that this is a major problem, and sadly one that does not have an easy fix. While i may not know all of the facts, my opinion on this is not based on stereotypes.
While I wish there never was a conflict, these are still great pictures and help us understand what these people are going through.

Posted by Nathalie August 11, 08 03:40 PM
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By the way, anybody wanting a more objective look on world politics than the one offered by the major news outlets in USA, try the British BBC.
They have a great audio podcast.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/globalnews/

Posted by Pro-Georgia August 11, 08 03:44 PM
34.

Yikes...i checked out that armada!!! (4 carrier groups?) plus... various ships, and international naval battle groups. (marine strike group, was it 2?)
man the water's gonna boil! if i was in georgia (a russian) i'd be hightailin it
back, i suspect the target is iran? just as well , the russians would be wipped out (sorry guys , go ahead an throw your entire air wing , and the entire russian
navy, you'l be shot down/sunk in days.. guess someones in for a real day day?

Posted by johnypaycut August 11, 08 03:45 PM
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To think that the anti war fools think that the US is the worst nation on earth (they also think that Western Culture is to blame for all war).

The West has had it too easy, has become too soft. Now we are faced with the problem of not only not having a military force but that our population is aging to the point that we could not raise a military if we wanted.

Posted by Soldier in a Combat Zone August 11, 08 03:46 PM
36.

And how many more days will the Rockefeller story get the headline in Boston.com while this is going on?

This is war, people are dying, international stability is in question, and the Globe thinks we need another hundred more stories about that loser Rockefeller, put it to rest and PAY ATTENTION and put real stories in the headlines!

Posted by PD August 11, 08 03:53 PM
37.

What Russia has done here is used massive and disproportionate force....It has acted as a massive and dangerous bully and we can't allow this to go ahead without it being challenged

Posted by David Cameron August 11, 08 03:54 PM
38.

Such beautiful countryside ruined by stupidity. Come on people let's try ot get out of the dark ages and learn to live with each other.

Posted by Kev August 11, 08 03:55 PM
39.

Tyranny is always worth fighting against. I may have only one life, but it is not worth much without freedom for me and my family.

"Greater love than this no man hath than to lay down his life for his friends." War for gain is always wrong, but defending yourself from aggressors and tyrants is not wrong.

Posted by TeachJ August 11, 08 04:06 PM
40.

Unbelievable that this crap is still hapening in 2008.

Posted by Khristopher August 11, 08 04:12 PM
41.

Two sides of humankind (and in some ways the same side) are clearly shown by this post against the previous one of the Olympics. In some way it's a shame to think that they are both going on at the same time.

Posted by Mark. August 11, 08 04:16 PM
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How do the Russian soldiers feel? I bet they hate what they are doing as much as the people they are doing it to. They have hearts and families too. Politicians like that will get their pay back at some stage either in this life or the next. Our country fought a stupid senseless war (South Africa) a war we all regret Our chaps in the army were forced to fight and most hated it. Now theres peace some of those enemies are our best friends and neighbours now. We never chose that war the people had no say whatsoever. How can millions apon milions of people disagree with the powers that rule and still suffer because they have no choice. Times have to change WAR IS CRAP

Posted by Ikkyo August 11, 08 04:20 PM
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This isn't a big surprise, even Georgia's walking into Russia's carefully planned provocations was predictable. Where's the well-planned, effective response from our president Mr. National Security? Oh, he was busy watching the Saturday morning cartoons and didn't see anything that told him how to deal with this situation.

"our population is aging to the point that we could not raise a military if we wanted." Sure we can. Send all the aging draft dodgers (including W) and certain people who "loathe our military". They'll be the front line forces, use them to draw out and test the enemy.

Posted by Robert Baldwin August 11, 08 04:27 PM
44.

Pulitzer

Posted by Bob Godham August 11, 08 04:33 PM
45.

Amazing photos, amazing blog. This situation is hard to follow in written reports, the photos bring the everything to light much more clearly than print ever could.

Posted by Jen August 11, 08 04:36 PM
46.

I really find repulsive that Georgia has been made out to be the victim in all this when they were the aggressors.

Posted by Anthony August 11, 08 04:37 PM
47.

I just don't find what to say. I just feel the urge of crying in front of so much suffering.

Posted by Johann August 11, 08 04:46 PM
48.

A man who says that there is nothing worth dying for has no reason to live. Death is a natural transition in life and it is better to have died for a noble cause than to have lived your life for nothing. If you do not believe that freedom is a noble cause, you should speak to your ancestors who made it possible for you to speak your mind on the internet without fear of government reprisal. Because, I bet someone, somwhere paid the ultimate price so that you could.

Posted by Joe Johansen August 11, 08 04:46 PM
49.

Everybody who think Russia starts this war, should know: you are wrong. It's a definitely desinformation and provocation. You should think, what you watch, listen or read. You should understand some of the elite bribes many channels of mass media. Washington, not Moscow, is guilty of is war. Georgia is nothing, when it's alone. NATO is shit. Note this. Remember this.

Posted by Maxim August 11, 08 04:55 PM
50.

Humans are mad.

Posted by Martian August 11, 08 05:02 PM
51.

No one likes war, at least most don"t like it. This makes me wonder if Putin doesn't have an agenda to try and rebuild the Soviet Union. Would this have happened if Georgia wasn't pro-US? Would this have happened if Georgia wasn't trying to get admitted to NATO? This is looking more and more like a land grab by Russia.

Posted by Pro USA August 11, 08 05:21 PM
52.

If Mexico sponsored a separatist movement in California, and those separatists held a vote to secede from the USA, would that have any legal basis for a separate government? No, it wouldnt.
Thats what the people of SO have done. Whats worse is they did so back in 1990, and set up a separatist government, which is not recognized by anyone. SO has nothing, and is nothing, but a great big barrier to Russian agression. If the Russians control SO, then they could launch an invasion of Georgia from there and Georgia would have no hope of stopping them. It would be over within days.Georgia is our friend, and we shouldnt leave our friends to be crushed by the resurgent Russian bear.

Posted by R. Ford Mashburn August 11, 08 05:25 PM
53.

Even God really don't care...
He just want to see the Olympic Games with some chips and fresh beers (burps !!).
Do not disturb him...
he is fed up of human stupidity there !!!!!!!

Fuck war... >&-(

Posted by Fabien August 11, 08 05:26 PM
54.

I like war. I like violence. Please post more pics.

Posted by Ralph C August 11, 08 05:40 PM
55.

Are Russian hands clean? No. Is Georgia a democracy? No. Georgia's "Rose Revolution" was bought by Rothschild money, so-called "non-governmental organizations," and the US-Israeli governments. Any and all light mortar "provocations" from ill-equipped Ossetian militia upon Georgian positions do not justify Georgia's heavy weapon, night-time artillery barrage and air attacks upon the small town of Tskhinvali, which resulted in the deaths of 1,400 civilians. Georgia, backed by the U.S. and Israel, initiated the "disproportionate" response in this affair. The U.S.-Israeli stooge Saakashvili should be brought before a Russian "Nuremberg"-style court and dispensed with, accordingly.

Posted by Gerry August 11, 08 05:43 PM
56.

WAR is always the worse solution, that is the only truth....NOW , in 2008, we know that most of information is disinformation to lead us in a way or another. As a citizen of a NATO country I too don´t like to be a member of a " military alliance" ... I rather prefer to be an activist against war and stress that we all live in the same planet and must try to live in peace. Shame on all those politics that lead us to war !

Posted by Vasco Vaz August 11, 08 05:45 PM
57.

I amuse myself at you, ladies and gentlemen, and especially the ones claiming Russia to have plans on restoring the Union or South Ossetia to be nothing.

Just so that you know, Ossetians are a completely separate from Georgians nationality, they joined Russian Empire as a separate state and then joined USSR again as a separate state again back in 1917. This is purely by Stalin's (who was Georgian himself) will alone that they were joined with Georgian Socialist Republic and were governed by Georgians for some 75 years.

Posted by danvolodar August 11, 08 05:49 PM
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>cont
When USSR collapsed Ossetia just wanted to be independent, and Georgia acted with brutal force, killing thousands of Ossetians, which resulted in a war in 91-92, when Osseta was able to become de-facto independent. This is not and never was an inter-Georgian separatist movement, and after being genocided by Georgians it's no wonder Ossetians don't want to live in the same state with them any more.
What's more, in 94 Russia signed a treaty making it help whichever of the countries of the region gets attacked. That's what it does - honored it's UN sanctioned treaties.

Posted by danvolodar August 11, 08 05:54 PM
59.

"If Mexico sponsored a separatist movement in California, and those separatists held a vote to secede from the USA, would that have any legal basis for a separate government?"
Imagine, Bush destroyed San Diego or another big city. You should invite your friend (Saakashvili) for lunch. But don't forget ask him: "Why did he KILLED 2000 sleeping men at night bombardment ?"

Posted by russian August 11, 08 06:04 PM
60.

Thanks for the photos. Having traveled through Georgia six years ago, the violence of theses images is mind-numbingly intense and at odds with what I remember. I really hope a solution can be found.

Posted by Jeff August 11, 08 06:13 PM
61.

Dios mio, la guerra, otra vez el hombre el lobo del hombre, otra vez las miserias ocultas, el odio gratuito, la imcomprension a flor de piel, el llanto de los niños, el dolor de los ancianos, la mirada asustada de la madre, desesperada del padre e impavida del muerto. Hasta cuando, porque?, cuanto dolor habra de pasar por esas verdes montañas, hasta que altura llegara el llanto de los humildes en sus pueblos, en sus calles, en sus hogares.
Con imagenes asi nos damos cuenta de cuan bajo podemos caer para hacer que nuestras razones sean las sinrazones de miles de personas. Dios mio, ayuda a todos los que lloran, abrigales en el frio y muestrales la luz en su dolor.
Pobres todos, vencedores y vencidos...

Posted by Domingo R. August 11, 08 06:16 PM
62.

Oh, and claiming that Putin wants to restore the Union is just ridiculous. Do you think Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia would want to join? That'd just turn into one partisan war even if Russian Army would be able to crush all the armed forces in the region (including NATO in the Baltic states case).

Posted by danvolodar August 11, 08 06:18 PM
63.

>cont
That's why Western officials now claim "disproportional use of force" - they have nothing better to claim, as Russia is acting perfectly correct.
Look what did Georgia start the war with - with bombarding a peaceful city with multiple rocket launchers and heavy artillery, killing a thousand of civilians.
How can you say anything about it, >26, when your compatriots slaughter innocent people just for being Ossetians? Didn't you have enough of blood under Gamsahurdia, who openly claimed "Georgia for Georgians"? What kind of a blood-thirsty monster are you, then?
Claiming that Russia is to reestablish the Union is just funny - who'd want to join?

Posted by danvolodar August 11, 08 06:20 PM
64.

It is amazing how can great photography, presenting both warring sides, unite different people and instigate anti-war feelings. None of the print stories have done it and rather provoked angry judgments from both pro-Russian and anti-Russian audience.

The first casualty at war is considered to be truth - but the undoctored photos can powerfully present this truth, showing that the main casualties at war are people.

I wish more print and online journalism was concentrated on presenting the anti-human side of wars rather than what officials are saying on both sides. They are both lying

Posted by yevgenia August 11, 08 06:24 PM
65.

war is awful.. it should stop right now.

Posted by i hate war August 11, 08 06:30 PM
66.

Questions to those who still think that Saakashvili is a sane person: what possibly could have been justification for his order to level the city of Tskhinvali and the civilians living there with Katyusha rockets???????????

He is insane and he is a coward! His insanity has brought unbelievable suffering to all the people in that region.

Posted by Luka August 11, 08 06:39 PM
67.

Saakashvili - marionetka. It has begun this war under the order of a selective staff of John McCain.

Posted by mirok August 11, 08 06:47 PM
68.

South Osetia is part of Georgia. So I guess it makes lots of sense to use artillery by Georgians against their own people.This clearly can be considered as a denouncement of South Osethia by Georgia.Russia did not had any artillery in South Osetia because they were peacekeepers (prevented Georgians from commiting genocide against South Osetians). And if we will start talks about the right of people to be independent, Europe and majority of the world gave independence to Kosovo. I see many stickers "freedom to Tibet" which are also separatists. Should they get their freedom too? So why can't South Osetians get their freedom? Just because they are proRussians? Well, of course they will by after massacres commited by Georgians.
On the other hand, as a Russian, I hate to see Russia and Georgia to be at war. We have lot of history together and they are our brothers. Too bad that their corrupt leader is being fullish by poking bear with the stick, and then hoping that US will defend him. Don't poke the bear dummy, while it is sleeping..Why would US support stupid stuff like this? It would send wrong signal to other allies.
Here is good article to read by British professor of history:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/aug/09/georgia.russia1

Posted by Konstantin August 11, 08 07:03 PM
69.

Wow, looks like there are no Russian victims in this album.

Posted by ignorance_is_strength August 11, 08 07:03 PM
70.

American neocons instigated another conflict. Bring them to justice.

Posted by Oscar August 11, 08 07:09 PM
71.

It is always the innocent who suffer, the children of conflict. The story is in the eyes of each child.

Why can't we just get along?

God help us

Posted by Joe Rizzo August 11, 08 07:11 PM
72.

Mexico has the legal rights to California it was stolen by terorist action of the USA.

USA, Israel, and now Georgia only terrorist states.

Posted by Oscar August 11, 08 07:17 PM
73.

Good picture.
Russian gives on extreme military forces what do you want and i wish to give more actions on terrorist, who call self military on Georgia.

Posted by steewe August 11, 08 07:22 PM
74.

sad images...

Posted by Ser August 11, 08 07:52 PM
75.

Let's see now. . . . Which are the good-guys.. . .and which are the bads? I'm having a hard time figuring this one out. Or, are the really really bad-guys somewhere else?

BTW: unlike #19, I found your blacking out "objectionable" pictures to be childish and objectionable itself. Either show everything or don't presume to show what war is about. The victims have to deal with ugly reality; surely we can deal with a few photos.

Finally, I'm increasingly of the opinion: "War" is no excuse. Somebody owes somebody else damages -- it's NOT okay, NOT just "collateral damage."

Posted by jim August 11, 08 07:52 PM
76.

good photo , we are shorter of reality , still not as you .

Posted by gl33k August 11, 08 08:21 PM
77.

good photo , we are shorter of reality , still not as you .

Posted by gl33k August 11, 08 08:27 PM
78.

Georgian troops have slaughtered more than a thousand civilians in Tskhinvalie - SO capital - and brutally killed 12 peace keepers before Russia decided to sent its military force seeking to contain the conflict. The conflict is a pure Georgian provocation. Why should the US back up that crook Mr Sakashvili - Georgian president? Let him face tribunal for what he has done with his people.

Posted by Narnia August 11, 08 08:33 PM
79.

Russians are using the blueprint provided by NATO during the 78-day assault on Serbia in 1999, in conflict over Kosovo. The same pattern, the same rhetoric even the names of the peace envoys dispatched in the region from EU are the same names.
After 78-day of bombing targets ( many civilian ones) and over 2000 casualties NATO forced Serbia to withdraw from that part of its territory for good.
8 years later ,earlier this year , Kosovo leadership was encouraged to unilaterally declare the independence , and despite the UN SC Resolution , was promptly recognized by USA.
So, who is first to "cast the stone" ?

Posted by Hoggar August 11, 08 08:44 PM
80.

Russian involvement will only intensify what was already a delicate situation. The internal conflict that Georgia was experiencing with South Ossetia was their own internal affairs.
If you really believe that Putin an ex KGB man, was worried about the Russian trumped allegations of genocide, that is like believing Putin will allow the Russian people to have an independently run broadcast system within Russia without government censorship. Putin is KGB all the way and uses death, destruction and fear to control Russian citizens and those that unfortunately live in the surrounding areas.
Putnam is no better than a terrorist that kills innocent civilians. Russian bombs have killed many innocent civilians since they have become involved. I say have Putnam charged with War crimes.

Posted by David S August 11, 08 09:09 PM
81.

meh I hope the Russian wipe them ALL out with a little nuke...why ?
they produced one of the worst evil of the 20th century - Stalin.

Posted by IamWatchingOlympics August 11, 08 09:10 PM
82.

What they think they're doing?!?!

Posted by Cynthia August 11, 08 09:28 PM
83.

I am another one that don't take sides, but killing people is never right. War ? Its the information age, we are educated and we know War brings nothing but sorrow and pain.

I don't care whose right or wrong, going to war is just unjustified.

Posted by sadden August 11, 08 09:36 PM
84.

You said: "What Russia has done here is used massive and disproportionate force....It has acted as a massive and dangerous bully and we can't allow this to go ahead without it being challenged."
Why not--the US is getting away with it in Iraq. Bush/Cheney need a war so that people here will be frightened enough to elect a hawk for president. They knew the power grab was sure to provoke a response from Russia because of the need to protect their oil pipelines, which run through Georgia. The US government instigated and supported this uprising because they are desperate to stay in power (via McCane) so they can keep getting wealthier while they stave off being held accountable for their war crimes of aggression and genocide.

Posted by wake up folks August 11, 08 09:38 PM
85.

You said I posted too many comments ina short period of time. I've never posted to this before. I've never even seen this site before. Are you just censoring me? Then be honest about that.

Posted by wake up folks August 11, 08 09:41 PM
86.

wow...thank you for the photos. it has really, REALLY opened my eyes to the events that is occurring there.


its terrible that something like that its happening. i really feel for the victims of the war.

Posted by Simon L August 11, 08 09:47 PM
87.

@ 81

Just because he was born there does not mean the country should get nuked.

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Posted by Chewy August 11, 08 09:49 PM
88.

"That's awful", "Why can't we all live in peace", "This is very sad" People, stfu with the irony. As human beings we are destined to live in a constant state of conflict as a result of our survival instinct (competence). We live in a shitty world, and when the time is right your nation will go through the same events. Want peace? Homogenize religions and languages, end capitalism, and eliminate political division. No better way to unite people and minimize competition. This of course will never happen, people are too proud and egocentric and they would never let go of the substance that makes up their cultures and identifies them (ultimately discrimination). Even if what I am saying could take place in a few thousand years, some group will probably f*ck everything up and suddenly we go back to square one. We are doooomeeddddddd!

Posted by Req Uired August 11, 08 10:03 PM
89.

Some excellent photojournalism examples here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/corinthian1858/

Posted by digitalnuances.com August 11, 08 10:03 PM
90.

I applaud the photographers and reporters for giving these shocking and timely reports of the Georgian/Russian/Ossetian war. This may be the tipping point into WW III.

I am more shocked that after 5 years, no such pictures or reporting has been allowed for the American/Iraqi nor the American/Taliban/Afghanistan war. When the government wants us to stay in a conflict, the media sanitizes the wars, years into it, so we do not object. But when an opponent is to receive the blame and the government wants us to jump into conflict, we are allowed to see the full gore and inhumanity of the conflict.

Posted by FroonDoon August 11, 08 10:04 PM
91.

There's little to do when Russian boots are entering your country. They invade, slaughter and if not they do do ethnic cleansing through deportation. My heart hurts for Georgians as well as for my Bessarabians who were denationalized and crushed by this rabid bear. I have nothing with Russian people but their country have something with all their neighbors.

Posted by Christian August 11, 08 10:06 PM
92.

the USA needs to get in there and back the Georgians up. Give peace a chance at least!

Posted by bob August 11, 08 10:15 PM
93.


Aren't we as humans a bunch of arseholes.....

Posted by Andy August 11, 08 10:16 PM
94.

How is that, Georgia bombs the ossetian capital and no one minds? Its all Russia's fault? That makes no sense. If Russia didn't retaliate, nobody would care about the situation of the ossetians. NATO can bomb serbia and make Kosovo independent but Russia can't do similar things. Thats how the world works.

(Oh, and im West European)

Posted by aha August 11, 08 10:18 PM
95.

ahtung!!!!
you show photos of suffered Ossets in Tskhinvali ànd to signatures write that it is Georgians suffered from Russian. is lies your representation about democratic press? Your pity clauses it not democracy is a puppet theatre!

Posted by Anonymous August 11, 08 10:19 PM
96.

As above thank you for letting us choose to view graphic content, bookmarked. Fantastic for the user, wonderful images being from USSR I can feel the sentiments of the Ossetian people but question the logic and right to go further into Georgia.

Posted by Alice August 11, 08 10:23 PM
97.

It is the innocent civilians who get killed for the ambitions of greedy politicians who want to rule as wide an area as possible to MAKE MONEY for themselves.
Freedom is the birthright of ALL humans. It has to be respected by everyone. Partisan politics must not be allowed to trample human rights.
Compare the incidents in Slovakia, Georgia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and in many other countries where conflicts are taking place.
What are the root causes for these conflicts. CONCENTRATION OF POWER WITH NO CHECKS. The UN MUST INTERVENE and appoint a Human Rights Commission to go into the root causes of the conflict and give a general verdict that will bind all the Government, that call themselves as legally elected and recognised by the UN.
The


Posted by Sie.Kathieravealu August 11, 08 10:25 PM
98.

People have names. People have history. People have loved ones.

I mean, the pictures are important, but the descriptions are unnecessary. The faces speak, even if the people aren't.

I guess I'm just trying to say that I feel like I am looking at something I'm not supposed to. We can walk away from it at any time. It's personal for them.

Posted by John G August 11, 08 10:31 PM
99.

I thought Georgia was the world's third largest nuclear power...

Posted by the watcher August 11, 08 10:33 PM
100.

Russia isn't going to put up with another Chechnya and they'll bury Georgia in artillery shells to make sure that it doesn't happen.

Posted by james savik August 11, 08 10:34 PM
101.

Thank you for this great blog. Now...

Let's be honest, none of us know what the hell we are talking about, including myself. At the end of the day, and at the end of our lives, tragedy is tragedy, war is war, killing is killing, hatred is hatred.

But love is love and love wins.

Posted by mattytiz August 11, 08 10:36 PM
102.

Aren't we all human beings? Why can't we be our brothers keeper?
This article and pictures made me cry.

Manchester NH USA

Posted by Henry Chukwu August 11, 08 10:39 PM
103.

It is great to see so many comments made by ignorant people who have little grasp of the issues here. They throw out eye catching lines about nothing being worth war, America cannot speak up due to our own bad wars and that this is just because Georgia has slaughtered peace keepers.

Get a grip people. Georgia has lived in the shadow of Russian power since delcaring its independence. They are in the midst of a revolution fro independence, not to far from the battle waged by the colonies against England so many years ago. The US position is just - they support the nation of democratically elected leaders that wants to be free of Russian influence and they have every right to ask for a cease fire. To compare their views of the Russian stake in this to the US against Iraq shows no idea of the issus in either situation. And finally the Georgians did not kill "peacekeepers" - they killed military envoys sent by Russia to monitor Georgia from within.

The pictures show the true fear, pain and disgusting reality of war, but they do not take away from the validity of the Georgian position.

Posted by Alpha Male August 11, 08 10:51 PM
104.

Notice: specially for English-speaking visitors - a word-for-word translation of the post previously published at Osradio.ru

Georgians and their US-masters would never be forgiven for recent mass slaughter in South Ossetia. Brutal massacre of S. Ossetian civilians by Georgian army during the first days of military operation was nothing but an extreme point of man-hatred. A few examples of acts of genocide are given below.

The road from regional hub Znaur to the village of Dzhava is covered with corpses of S. Ossetian civilians - including women, elders and children. It’s still impossible to bury the dead as all moving objects in that area immediately come under fire of Georgian snipers and artillery.

Tkhsinval, August 8, 2008. According to eyewitnesses a group of S. Ossetian children was burnt alive inside two refugee’s minibuses which headed to Vladikavkaz.

The Khetagurovo massacre - another tragedy of Zharsk province. All young ladies of Khetagurovo village were kidnapped and driven away in unknown direction. Other villagers - men, women and elders were blocked in the building of local church and set on fire. Children were murdered separately. Georgians chopped children’s heads off in presence of their parents. Kidnapped girls have been raped and tortured, their genitals disfigured.

We want to believe that after all Saakashvili’s junta will face adeserved trial soon.

Posted by Vlad August 11, 08 10:58 PM
105.

I just want to know what those blocks are on those tanks. Looks like C4? Some kind of active armor?

Posted by QueQue August 11, 08 11:05 PM
106.

This is another embarassing foriegn policy failure of the Bush Administration. I am ashamed that the United States is standing by while a peaceful democratic state is being overrun by Putin's KGB style sham of a democracy. I hope that someone within the United States government has the gumption to aid the embattled Georgian people.

Posted by Ben August 11, 08 11:07 PM
107.

There is no god and we should work to stop all of the killing because it is sad when people cease to exist over a stupid conflict. It's too depressing.

Posted by demspatyugf August 11, 08 11:08 PM
108.

One more Russia war.

Posted by kbhuvaneswar August 11, 08 11:18 PM
109.

thereisnogod: God left it up to us to decide how we live our lives here and deal with the consequences later. Just as Christ said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also." John 14:6-7) War is a product of man's hate unfortunately.

It's never too late to get yourself straight.

Posted by OneWhoKnows August 11, 08 11:21 PM
110.

It is the innocent civilians who get killed for the ambitions of greedy politicians who want to rule as wide an area as possible with as much powers as possible to MAKE MONEY for themselves.

Freedom is the birthright of ALL humans. It has to be respected by everyone. Partisan politics must not be allowed to trample human rights.

Compare the incidents in Slovakia, Georgia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan and in many other countries where conflicts are taking place.

What are the root causes for these conflicts? Unlimited CONCENTRATION OF POWER in the hands of a few WITH NO CHECKS to control them and thus enabling CORRUPTION to be boosted.

Corruption includes but not limited to: extravagance, waste, neglect and every form of malpractices, dishonesty, abuse, misuse, unreasonable exercise of powers, failure or refusal to exercise of power, anything and everything left undone which results in the rights of the individuals and people being denied or impaired

The UN MUST INTERVENE and appoint a Human Rights Court to go into the root causes of all these conflicts and give a general and rational verdict that will bind all the Governments, that call themselves as legally elected by the people and thus recognized by the UN.

The UN must consider advocating and formulating one or more Alternative Systems of Democratic Governance that will minimize corruption (definition given above) and make it mandatory for any country aspiring to become one of its members to adopt and implement any one of them as a precondition to qualify for membership. Any existing country that does not abide or comply with the provisions in any one of these systems of governance MUST be expelled from the UN.

That is the only way of ending these conflicts and save the sufferings of the innocent civilians and a vast amount of resources spends by the UN and other individual countries due to these conflicts.

All resources spent are those that legitimately belong to these innocent civilians.

Posted by Sie.Kathieravealu August 11, 08 11:31 PM
111.

As the Olympics is celebrated, yet another "border skirmish" has erupted between Russia and Georgia...

When will we humans ever get along...??

"Is the world getting worse or the news coverage getting better...?"

A point to ponder.

Posted by Maikeru76 August 11, 08 11:43 PM
112.

I cannot believe the complete and utter ignorance of the posts here. But then I can - The media is lying people. The Georgians have killed over 2,000 Ossetians. The Russians have killed about 200. Good God we are doomed. The globalist backed media can tell carte blanche lies and the entire USA believes it.

Incredible.

Posted by Stan August 11, 08 11:51 PM
113.

most people wouldn't take the time to give the user a choice whether or not to see those graphic photos. You deserve a great amount of respect for presenting these powerful pictures, not just showing them for shock effect to idiots who have no idea what a life is worth...

Posted by themanwhocomments... August 12, 08 12:00 AM
114.

"Thanks for reminding us there is more going on than the Olympics right now."

No kidding.

Posted by Meranda August 12, 08 12:06 AM
115.

They are as much as rebels as state of texas to mexoco. If mexico would atack and take over texas will you call texas people rebels technically most of that state and parts of califonia is mexican land?

Posted by gorbachev August 12, 08 12:09 AM
116.

Disgusting that we show pictures of dead soldiers from Russia and Georgia, but the same press won't push it's own US government to allow photos of dead American soldiers to be printed.

We show the horror of their invasion and not our own. The Boston editors should be ashamed.

Posted by Matthew Beale August 12, 08 12:22 AM
117.

see the irony....
it was United States who motivated Gerogia to be so aggressive and 'soverign' that it even did not deter to curb the separatist movement in the most inhumane way possible(see the post by vlad)...and it is the same United States who is paying lip service to the russian invasion....

it seems that US only attacks militarily and economically poor countries like Afghanistan,iraq and vietnam.....

all it can afford with powers like russia...is "diplomatic means".......and a war which has to be "cold".....

Posted by Anas Khan August 12, 08 12:35 AM
118.

You don’t get it, do you? The point of this war is to help McCain win the elections.

Posted by Alex August 12, 08 12:42 AM
119.

I am very sorry for all the crap these people are going through, I heard George Bush was talking about this today; that man has got to learn when to shut his mouth. This world is already going to hell, he doesn't need to make it worse.


Very Very sad situation!!!

Posted by From Nova Scotia, Canada August 12, 08 12:54 AM
120.

People! What's happened with you? I'm from Russia. I'm reading the western newspapers and crying... Are you afraid reuniting ussr? so, you know and understand nothing. excuse me for my bad english. but we don't want to show our power or recreate soviet union! know: saying about it is a waste of time. the government of Georgia make a false applications for "russian aggression"/ it is not true!
we only want to stop a violence...

Posted by Alex August 12, 08 12:57 AM
121.

World wars started over smaller events, Russia and Georgia are playing with fire here and are both ignoring the possible repercussions.

Posted by M2 August 12, 08 01:00 AM
122.

War Is Hell We Are All Gonna Die Someday

Posted by dead soul August 12, 08 01:05 AM
123.

Please stop the war, it must not be against the civilians!

Peace

Posted by Rodolfo Rdgz. August 12, 08 01:08 AM
124.

Peace keeping my ass

Posted by Wayne King August 12, 08 01:18 AM
125.

I find it odd that people keep claiming 1200,1500 or 2000 dead Ossetians where are the pictures of all these dead people? You would think if the Russian's wanted to prove their case before the world they would produce some pictures of this mass killing and bring in the U.N to look at the bodies.

Posted by Ed August 12, 08 01:20 AM
126.

how did Georgia provoke Russia by conducting military affairs within Georgian territory? South Ossetia is a part of Georgia, not it's own country.

Posted by outsider August 12, 08 02:06 AM
127.

Photo with MLRS fireing on the Tskhinvali, city has, sorry, had, there is no city anymore, military targets only civilian population.

One launcher ( 40 missiles ) covers 0.5 acre.

and Georgian say ossetians are they people.

Posted by maksim August 12, 08 02:16 AM
128.

@Comment #1-

If you have nothing that you feel is worth dying for then I pity you greatly.

Posted by Will August 12, 08 02:22 AM
129.

Maybe these photos stop the war, i can't see people how really try

Posted by michael - Dresden August 12, 08 02:35 AM
130.

@Shuki & Girl. You don't know what you're talking about. Sure, Putin is not an angel and naive, but what about G.Bush and not only him. Any US administration and also UK. You are either blind or you support nazi policies. I can see, same scenario used in attack from Georgia on to South Osettia, as the one that Croatia did on Serb-ruled province of Krajina. Hired foreign soldiers, help from US and NATO, planned by the same planner (somewhere in Pentagon) and so on. So, Georgia attacked first, killed a lot of people including Russian soldiers from the peace-keeping contingent and you're saying that is Russian invasion. How pathetic. I know, I will not change your mind, but I don't know how you people sleep. Spreading such misleading info...

Posted by sure August 12, 08 03:15 AM
131.

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Posted by Russian man August 12, 08 03:17 AM
132.

@Pro-Georgia
omfg! I'm from Holland and it's absurd to say that the EU turns its back to the war. Did you know the 'domino effect' wich started world war 1 and 2? if every country supported a country in war there would be world war all over again would you like that? And besides, Russia is not wrong in this case.. but thats my opinion.

p.s. excuse me for my bad english

Posted by Michael August 12, 08 03:35 AM
133.

You forgtet to show photos with the burnt bodies of the peace population Southern Osetia, with children and women crushed by the Georgian tanks, photos on which courageous Georgian militarians cut off heads and shot in peace inhabitants of Osetia, with dead and wounded Russian peacekeepers.
Stop playing political games, while reckless maniac executes population of own country.

Posted by well-wisher August 12, 08 03:43 AM
134.

This message comes from a long way away. I am sure that many people here are concerned for the people of Georgia and South Ossetia.

Our prayers are with you.

Let's hope and pray that with G-d's help the various "leaders" in the region come to their senses and resolve this conflict peacefully. No more innocent people should die. What a terrible juxtaposition to see the wonderful and heartwarming Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics and then to see such terrible pictures coming out of the Caucasus.

Wake up world "leaders" ! This is the year 2008. We are meant to be going somewhere.

Adam Neira
Melbourne
Australia

Posted by Adam Neira August 12, 08 03:55 AM
135.

Why are we doing this again and again...

This is a terrible nightmare...

Job

Posted by Job August 12, 08 03:56 AM
136.

It's a bit hilarious covering the graphic images, isn't it?

Has it been sanitised for people that want to know about the war, but don't want to be emotionally affected by it?

In for a penny, in for a pound I say.

Posted by grantmr August 12, 08 04:05 AM
137.

Its very bad that europeans watch only american-georgian show (such is indeed the case) and don`t have (or don`t want to have) the way to face the truth...

Posted by European August 12, 08 04:30 AM
138.

Well mr well-wisher,

If you have seen these pics, please post a link, otherwise stfu.

Posted by Maverick August 12, 08 04:44 AM
139.

war is a dirty thing.and politicians are the dirtiest people in the world.we all have to try to stop these tragedies.all mothers have the right to grow their children in peace,but not for dying and wounding during such a silly wars.the photos were wonderful and meaningful

war is the secretion of mad politicians dirty brain.

Posted by bardiadariush August 12, 08 04:46 AM
140.

Depuis que les zéropéens ont acceptés béatement l'indépendance du Kosovo albanais, toutes les tribus de gardiens de chèvres du trou du boule de l'europe veulent leur indépendance. Résultat, l'Ossétie du sud rêve d'être seule au commande (pourquoi pas l'indépendance pour les bretons pendant qu'on y est ?). La Géorgie commet peut être l'erreur d'exprimer son désaccord par la force. Mais tout ceci arrange bien la nouvelle russie qui rêve de redevenir impériale ou soviétique (au choix). Il leur fallait une excuse pour une opération militaire, les Géorgiens leur en donnent une sur un plateau. Il faut savoir également que la Géorgie avait conclu des accords commerciaux avec Israël (technologie, pétrole, militaire) et que la russie soutient officiellement les abrutis enturbanés islamo-fascistes. D'autres questions ?


Posted by Callahan August 12, 08 04:53 AM
141.

#68 (Konstantin): what the hell are you talking about? Ossetia refused to accept autonomy within Georgian borders when it was offered by Georgia. Instead, they started to attack ethnic Georgian villages (3rd pic). Running for autonomy is OK, but refusing it and calling in Russian troops is not... What do Russian troops doing within the borders of another country (Georgia) anyway? Ossetia is not recognized as a country, even by Russia. And what are they doing in Abkhazia?

IMHO Russians are trying to prevent gas and oil pipelines to be built in Georgia, as that would end the Russian monopoly in the European energy market.

Georgia will now learn that US is your friend only until it needs you. When you need to US, they abandon you. Same happened to Hungary in '56.

Posted by kicsitian August 12, 08 05:15 AM
142.

#120: Yeah, sure, Russia wants peace. That's why Russia hasn't accepted the ceasefire proposal (which the Georgians signed immediately). Cmon! Russians are bombing Tbilisi, which is far-far away from Ossetia... Peacekeeping, right.

Posted by kicsitian August 12, 08 05:29 AM
143.

http://burt.vndv.com/files/10.jpg - refugee from South Ossetia
http://burt.vndv.com/files/07.jpg - Georgian tank on the street of Tskhinvali. Yes, they have invaded Tskhinvali with tanks.
http://burt.vndv.com/files/01.jpg - streets of Tskhinvali after the fights
http://burt.vndv.com/files/04.jpg - same
http://burt.vndv.com/files/05.jpg - same
http://burt.vndv.com/files/08.jpg - civilians in Tskhinvali hiding in cellars to cover from Georgian attacks.

Posted by burt August 12, 08 05:32 AM
144.

Great photography, very moving images

Posted by Shepy August 12, 08 05:39 AM
145.

just like what you're doing on irak, only less harmful.

Posted by luis August 12, 08 06:06 AM
146.

Georgia was as bad as Russia, but finally it's over. Just before Bush made it worse :)

Posted by Dutch man August 12, 08 06:20 AM
147.

It's interesting to know - why are there not presented photos of dead russian peacekeepers and civil population of Osetia which were killed in first day of Georgian aggression? F...k American policy of "double-standarts".

Posted by Moloha August 12, 08 06:24 AM
148.

Wow, it never ceases to amaze me what people of capable of doing to each other.
Clearly it is not enough that millions are suffering due to hunger and aids, but people now feel the need to kill and maim each other as well.
Clearly there is this compulsion for us to self destruct by killing the world and each other.
It's sickening.
To the photographers who risk their lives to take these pics, thank you, don't know how you can stand all the pain and misery and just take pictures, but there you go.

Posted by wishing for peace August 12, 08 06:25 AM
149.

An awful massacre of the English language. Your so-called journalist should sharpen up or ship out -- to a conflict-zone, perhaps?

Combatant nations should be heavily fined for each civilian casualty.

Posted by Pedant August 12, 08 06:30 AM
150.
Posted by Viktor73 August 12, 08 06:36 AM
151.

I see sadly this picture. This is a tragedy.

Alex
http://www.recentnews.co.uk

Posted by Alex August 12, 08 06:37 AM
152.

het zijn net joden die georgieers

Posted by oomadolf August 12, 08 06:46 AM
153.

het zijn net joden die georgieers

Posted by oomadolf August 12, 08 06:50 AM
154.

Hey people!!!! Open your eyes!!!
You dont know anything. You say that Russia is the reason of this war!
No! USA is the reason! Everybody wants to run over Russia!

Posted by The truth August 12, 08 06:53 AM
155.

"WAR is always the worse solution, that is the only truth"

Actually, living in slavery or seeing your family sent to a concentration/death camp may be a worse solution than "WAR". I am appalled that so many of you have such low self esteem that you believe nothing, not even your freedom and own lives, and those of your families are worth fighting for.

You Sheep may not like Sheep Dogs, but some one has to protect you from the wolves...

Posted by A Sheep Dog who has faced Wolves August 12, 08 07:05 AM
156.

Russians should be disqualified from Olympic games!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone knows that during olympic games ever since Athens, violence has to be stopped!!

Posted by krii August 12, 08 07:09 AM
157.

Gruzyny idioty ,pervyj byl Gamsahurdia vtoroj Sakasvili i vse eto Stalinskije vyrodki , i sosedi ne xotiat druzit s gruzinami ,potomu cto oni bandity i pizdoboly ,
necego lest v Osetiju ,Osetiny ne xotiat sojuza s Gruzijei ,
Zalko Osetinov ,
a Vy gryziny za Stalina ese dolzny otvetit !!!!

Posted by Ijok August 12, 08 07:31 AM
158.

it is as usual like a game of chess. people controling the game are hidden and live peacefully and we have to pay the consequences of their acts. Money and power for a minority and suffering for the majority. It will never stop. Unless...

Posted by Ichigo Kurosaki August 12, 08 07:37 AM
159.

There's no question that this is Russias fault. The Ossetians originally did'nt even live in the Georgian region. During the communist era of the soviet union, however, Russia moved the Ossetians to that region because they needed thier land for other things. And now the Ossetians want that land, that was never originally thiers, to become independent from Georgia. Idk but it sounds a bit wrong to me.

And of course Russia always disliked Georgia for becoming democratic and soon to be joining NATO so they decided to help the fuckin Ossetians....why not....

Posted by ChiliPepper300 August 12, 08 07:38 AM
160.

Dear friends,
I am not a representative of policy, I have no nation. I just person, who has its own opinion, who searching for truth. I just person¡K like you and other people.
Four days ago began a War between Georgia and South Ossetia. What we know? Only info which we get from our native mass media.
Could we trust it? Is it honest and objective information? I am journalist. And during my career I have three rules, the most main rules in my life: to give people impartial, truthful and the fullest information about any situation.
Unfortunately now we can see war not only between Georgia and South Ossetia. Now we can see INFORMATION WAR between all countries of the world.
I learn different sources: mass media of USA, UK, Europe, Russia, South Ossetia, Georgia, Asia.
And most of them have stolen truth! I am not a politician. And I don¡¦t know who will get advantage from this War. I just want to say one simple thing:
People have dead. People from South Ossetia. More than 2 000 peaceful citizens of Tskhenval was killed by Georgian army.
I don¡¦t want to tell good Mr. Saakashvili or bad man. I just tell you some facts:
„X When War has got a great scales Saakashvili told for all Georgian people words of sedation. On English language. In country, where less than 25% speak English. Please, think, why?
„X Mr. Saakashvili more that 3 times promise to stop War and attacks on Tskhenvali. But it was only words ¡V people dead. And they dead at the same time.
„X Eyewitness see how Georgian solders kill wounded people
„X Some citizens of Tskhenval tell: ¡§Georgian killed peaceful people; they shoot on children and oldsters. I saw, how several Georgian solders have drugged women and children in the house¡K and after ARRANGE A FIRE. The house was in a fire. And in the house there were alive people: women, children.
I can tell you more. But it looks like a horror. I don¡¦t what to think who is good or bad - Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia, USA may be?
Please, think about people.

Posted by Air August 12, 08 07:45 AM
161.

All this fight because of musson jews,they are provokate countries to be in war, and majority of them from United states they are printing this $ and making this kind of wars some of people dies but some of the people gets a lot of money from war, One day all of this jews will die. I just wonted to say them we have a god and we are not leaving infinity one day you guys will be panished.and dont forget that time is goes second by second min by min your life becaming shorter.

Posted by Abdul Razzak ibn Maksud August 12, 08 07:48 AM
162.

Dear friends,
I am not a representative of policy, I have no nation. I just person, who has its own opinion, who searching for truth. I just person¡K like you and other people.
Four days ago began a War between Georgia and South Ossetia. What we know? Only info which we get from our native mass media.
Could we trust it? Is it honest and objective information? I am journalist. And during my career I have three rules, the most main rules in my life: to give people impartial, truthful and the fullest information about any situation.
Unfortunately now we can see war not only between Georgia and South Ossetia. Now we can see INFORMATION WAR between all countries of the world.
I learn different sources: mass media of USA, UK, Europe, Russia, South Ossetia, Georgia, Asia.
And most of them have stolen truth! I am not a politician. And I don¡¦t know who will get advantage from this War. I just want to say one simple thing:
People have dead. People from South Ossetia. More than 2 000 peaceful citizens of Tskhenval was killed by Georgian army.
I don¡¦t want to tell good Mr. Saakashvili or bad man. I just tell you some facts:
„X When War has got a great scales Saakashvili told for all Georgian people words of sedation. On English language. In country, where less than 25% speak English. Please, think, why?
„X Mr. Saakashvili more that 3 times promise to stop War and attacks on Tskhenvali. But it was only words ¡V people dead. And they dead at the same time.
„X Eyewitness see how Georgian solders kill wounded people
„X Some citizens of Tskhenval tell: ¡§Georgian killed peaceful people; they shoot on children and oldsters. I saw, how several Georgian solders have drugged women and children in the house¡K and after ARRANGE A FIRE. The house was in a fire. And in the house there were alive people: women, children.
I can tell you more. But it looks like a horror. I don¡¦t what to think who is good or bad - Russia, Georgia, South Ossetia, USA may be?
Please, think about people. Don¡¦t trust dishonest information from you mass media.

Posted by air August 12, 08 07:48 AM
163.

Does anyone have any idea as to why Georgia started this war?

Posted by Al August 12, 08 08:02 AM
164.

ALL THIS PAIN, FOR WHAT? OIL.....
PUTIN IS A TERRORIST....

Posted by DAN August 12, 08 08:13 AM
165.

War sucks, no matter how noble and just the cause may seem to be, and as usual the first casualties are those who are powerless to do anything about it when it comes their way. War brings only destruction and loss. There are no winners in war (except maybe some fat-arsed politicians and arms dealers) and none of the parties involved are without blame.

Posted by Frank from NL August 12, 08 08:17 AM
166.

These comments were more enlightening than the news I've heard about all this.

Posted by marcia August 12, 08 08:24 AM
167.

Thanks for these fotos. Hope you can provide more in future.

Posted by Enno Lenze August 12, 08 08:31 AM
168.

to well-wisher
where are those pictures you are talking about. drop link pls.

Posted by MikeF August 12, 08 08:44 AM
169.

War... War never changes

Posted by Vault Dweller August 12, 08 08:47 AM
170.

Solo hay dos cosas infinitas....
el universo....
y la estupidez humana....
y de la primera no estoy seguro

(Albert Einstein)

Posted by Senn August 12, 08 08:47 AM
171.

Õ½ÕùÊDzпáµÄ!!!!

Posted by china August 12, 08 09:07 AM
172.

rusebis deda movtyan !!!

Posted by gio August 12, 08 09:23 AM
173.

"105 - I just want to know what those blocks are on those tanks. Looks like C4? Some kind of active armor?
Posted by QueQue August 11, 08 11:05 PM"

just empty metal boxes - roughly speaking, they're designed to take the impact energy out of a missile strike rather than it going through the metal into the tank.

I just want to echo the thoughts of others saying thank you for bringing more attention to more important issues than the olympics.
And also to say thank you for giving me the option to see the graphic images or not.

Posted by ian from yorkshire August 12, 08 09:23 AM
174.

Russia's just using South Ossetia as a pretext; they're just hell-bent on annexing it. The Ossetians won't get their independence, but then again, I guess they'll be happy with the Ruskies taking over.

Besides, if Georgia successfully joins the EU, it will set a precedent amongst the former Soviet republics. Ukraine, Moldova, and Armenia would probably follow suit. And Belarus? Not by a longshot, with that Ruskie lapdog Lukashenko in power

Posted by Show-Ender August 12, 08 09:24 AM
175.

How easily to manipulate minds. Just mix facts with crap and get a bunch of crap as a result...
I know about old animosity among Caucasian muti-ethnic population and Osetians VS Georgians - just an example. When Georgia was a republic of USSR these ethnic problems were just inner problems, now Georgia is a separate, pro-USA country and Osetia is under Russian protection, the result: old ethnic problems may be puffed up till big war. Last 15 years Osetians - Georgians conflict was smouldered slowly, and now Georgians have decided to act with confidence. I can't imagine that Georgians president is so stupid to thought that USA or NATO will allow him to perform a small genocide and defend him when Russia strike back. I can't name this "provocation" - Georgians simply destroy Osetian capital. What do you expected Russia will do?
What a stupid game...

Posted by Yourassique August 12, 08 09:26 AM
176.

Para mantener el poder es necesaria la fuerza bèlica. Hay quienes arriesgan su vida por causas justas, pero siempre mueren inocentes. Ojala las cosas fueran diferentes y se resolvieran con el diàlogo.

Posted by Jorge Herrera August 12, 08 09:26 AM
177.

Para mantener el poder es necesaria la fuerza bèlica. Hay quienes arriesgan su vida por causas justas, pero siempre mueren inocentes. Ojala las cosas fueran diferentes y se resolvieran con el diàlogo.

Posted by Jorge Herrera August 12, 08 09:30 AM
178.

Another war,anther country,the same faces,suffer,hate,lost.exelent photos. No see in German Press!!!

Posted by Martin Müller / Germany August 12, 08 09:31 AM
179.

whe the war is not over? people are dyeing and nobody gona stop this problem.

Posted by Vee August 12, 08 09:43 AM
180.

Someoboddy calls "Russian Peace keepers" Just look at the rassian soldiers almost half of them with different uniforms.

Posted by adam August 12, 08 09:45 AM
181.

Baisus vaizdai!!! kencia visiskai nekalti zmones, kol tuo tarpu valdzia nepasidalina zemiu, susiktu turtu!!!!

Posted by asta August 12, 08 09:47 AM
182.

To air, after your post, you are saying that you are searching for truth?!


Even these photos (for ex, the II and III ones) are showing that this conflict didn't start on Auguts 8th, for past months Russians were attacking Georgian villages and people in this region, they have provoked this terrible war. They have given Russian passports to almost every citizen of South Ossetia, without any legal reason and now they say that they are protecting their citizens and therefore they are bombarding whole Georgia and not only military objects but also blocks where live cvilian people! Russians say that Georgian soldiers have killed 2000 ossetian civilians, but this is a lie: 1 - most of civilians where evacuated from Tskhinvali several days before August 8th and second before and after Georgian troops entered Tskhinvali it's been heavily bombarded by Russians.

War is terrible, but Georgians are not the ones who are giulty, it's all Putin's fault and USA an Europian countries should do something to stop this madness, beacuse this is not the first time Russians are attacking other independent country and it won't be the last one, if they won't receive the strict answer from the whole world.

Stop Russian Agression!!!

Posted by benineli August 12, 08 09:48 AM
183.

Ïèíäîñû, èäèòå â æîïó!

Posted by Russian soldier August 12, 08 10:02 AM
184.

The South Osetia officially is a part of Georgia - but Russia was issuing russian passports to osetians. So now Russian empire claim it was protecting its citizens. Are the leaders of the so called sepparatists actually osetians? - no: lot of them are russians from russian military/security etc services. prime minister J.Morozov - russian military from Kursk. minister M.Mindzajev - russian kgb, commander of bloody Beslan "rescue". minister V.Luniov - was russian military advisor in Siria to S.Osetia arrived only in 2007... etc. So S.Osetia in fact was already occupied by Russia.

Posted by Lee August 12, 08 10:15 AM
185.

Rest in Peace, to all those who have passed, and man I hope they sort out their differences because the loss of these innocent lives just isn't worth a piece of land.

Posted by L R August 12, 08 10:18 AM
186.

The South Osetia officially is a part of Georgia - but Russia was issuing russian passports to osetians. So now Russian empire claim it was protecting its citizens. Are the leaders of the so called sepparatists actually osetians? - no: lot of them are russians from russian military/security etc services. prime minister J.Morozov - russian military from Kursk. minister M.Mindzajev - russian kgb, commander of bloody Beslan "rescue". minister V.Luniov - was russian military advisor in Siria to S.Osetia arrived only in 2007... etc. So S.Osetia in fact was already occupied by Russia.

Posted by Lee August 12, 08 10:28 AM
187.

@149 & @150: that is way under the belt.

I really like this blog, please continue to post pics here.

Posted by Tili August 12, 08 10:28 AM
188.

Who take the sword,by sword will kill.

Posted by SergeY August 12, 08 10:34 AM
189.

Two words. Shake and Bake. Very powerful photos.

Posted by matt August 12, 08 10:47 AM
190.

this just isn't right

Posted by Cristi August 12, 08 10:56 AM
191.

To hell with God.

Posted by Steve August 12, 08 11:39 AM
192.

War in never an anwser...

But who is USA now to talk about peace?

And what territorial integrity of Georgia? Sound familiar?

Remember Serbian Kosovo in 1999? Albanian separatists backed up by NATO.

Unproportional force used by NATO against civilinas, not just in Kosovo Province, but whole Serbia?

USA confirmed Kosovo Separation form Serbia, so they should do the same with SOuth Osetia. Force Georgian Forces out of South Ossetia, and blame them for the genocide. You know like in Serbian Kosovo 200 000 people claimed by CLinton, while it was 7000 killed on each side in 8 months of conflict!

But hey, USA foreign policiy motto is-Double STandards!

Posted by cinoeye August 12, 08 11:48 AM
193.

We could sure use a competent president right about now.

Posted by Concerned Citizen August 12, 08 11:54 AM
194.

Haha, so much haters here.
Most of them writing from US and some former USSR banana republics.

What are you guys doing in Iraq and Afganistan? How many civilians died in those places courtesy to Uncle Sam? Too many to count?

US and its "allies" are in no position to tell what is right and wrong on this planet - they have their hands up to the elbows in blood of innocent people all over the world.
Now this Saakashvili guy in his rabid nationalistic machismo and with US approval decided that at 3 a.m. in the morning on the Olympic day he can quickly shell the civilians in Tsinvali killing several thousands of them and nobody would give a damn. I wish you all pricks get under the barrage of "GRAD" for writing something stupid like that.

Too bad for US stooge, Russia gave a damn!

Posted by Sergeontheloose August 12, 08 11:58 AM
195.

Any war-evil. No matter who is right or wrong. But to help the aggressor is the worst evil. The aggressor is the U.S.: Korea, Vietnam, Grenada + Yugoslavia (center of Orthodoxy. What instructors are in Kosovo? USA), Iraq (oil center. Who here got rights to oil? 90% of the United States of America), Afghanistan (drug center . In how many times has increased production of drugs when Americans? At 10 times). These wars do not mistake the political elite, but the obvious economic interests of the United States. If they can win economically (Eastern Europe) - $;-if not troops. U.S. pursuing its own interests too far from its borders. Too many "Democratic wars". The U.S. is the aggressor and perpetrator. Only because of their economic and military power over them no trial. USA Today is the Soviet Union yesterday. Empire alive! Homeland totalitarianism-alive! This is the USA. Not in words but in deeds.
Postscript. Each aggression had an explanation. Hitler explained that attacked Poland in 1939 because of the attack Poles of German border guards. USA Today explains its war world terrorism "(which cause immense difference in living standards between different populations). And when do not find weapons of mass destruction from Saddam, then call it a mistake. The succession of errors is a deliberate policy of the American elite. Directional to preserve the living standards of ordinary Americans. Therefore, ordinary Americans committed. They understand that the American war in the world designed for their benefit and proetomu prefer not to overlook the injustice of these wars. We should not look at the words but in deeds. Just look at war with the U.S. side that ordinary Americans are not profitable. As mass media. Here are a democracy.

Posted by Sergey August 12, 08 12:11 PM
196.

Hitler invaded czechoslovakia in 1938 under a false premise of liberating the supposedely opressed German minority in the Sudeten region. Stalin invaded Finland under similar circumstances in 1939. The world remained silent. Perhaps, the Russians need to be finally put in their place. The need to be isolated and removed from the international power sharing and any debate, inclusive of puting economic embargos on them. An obedient Russian is a good Russian. Except this time let;s make them serve for the West. Maybe some civilization would not be so bad for those bumpkins.

Posted by Aldus August 12, 08 12:18 PM
197.

Matot ka gali padaryti zveriska valstybe mazai tautai..

Posted by upelon August 12, 08 12:39 PM
198.

161 - And what about Bush?. How many civilians dead in Irak? Cynic
160 - Because the USA (do you remember when russians used Cuba to install USSR weapons so close)
153 - And China too! (Human Rights and democracy do not exist for 1.300 million people in this country)
108 .- Of course, like many countries (do you now the war history of the USA in the world since Vietnam?)
....


Es terrible pensar que podemos hacernos tanto daño por una tierra, por una religión, por una raza, por el petróleo, por los intereses de una minoría dirigida por fabricantes de armas y productores de recursos energéticos.

Es muy triste. Y los ciudadanos mueren.

Gracias por las fotos, desde España

Posted by Manu 74 August 12, 08 12:41 PM
199.

I've readed in newspaper that some journalists have died in this war. I really care about the photografers. Be carefull you all.

Posted by Cynthia August 12, 08 12:44 PM
200.

Oh my god,

this is so horrible I´m not sure who to blame, but this has to end. Those poor civilians who have to suffer from the conflict. Very sad.

TheJunction

Posted by TheJunction August 12, 08 12:44 PM
201.

saakashvili+bush=shit

Posted by Russian August 12, 08 12:46 PM
202.

SS - Mr.Putin*a
Russia and the USA have made the dirty business on a post the Soviet space again. Range Georgia. I hope at my place in Ukraine it will not be. Earlier there was a war in the Chechen Republic now Georgia. Russia has quickly understood with the independent state and has put them on a place. The Europe and the USA, unfortunately without are strong. With the nuclear country nobody argues.

Posted by Andy_Ukrain August 12, 08 12:51 PM
203.

With all that firepower, the two countries should be directing it at the LHC - that thing is gonna fold the planet inside out.

I've seen Stargate you know, and it's all true.

p.s.
why are American cars so bloody rubbish?

p.p.s.
The photos on this blog are all superb, but it's the ridiculous comments by the majority that make it so enjoyable - all hail to the idiot comments!

Posted by stuntnuts, from CERN August 12, 08 01:12 PM
204.

Thank you for sharing. These pictures speak louder than words ever could.

Posted by Gimp Samurai August 12, 08 01:47 PM
205.

Oil, oil, oil. Russia wants to control all the oils ways and to make eurpians slaves for big Russia

Posted by Oil August 12, 08 01:59 PM
206.

Mind blowing pictures. Hope the war ends soon.

Posted by Roopesh kumar August 12, 08 02:45 PM
207.

I think saakashvilli — Hitler. He rushed for the sake of confidence mad adventure washington, arranged genocide. He is constantly lying press and accuses Russia of aggression. And many believe him. this is terrible


make love! not war!!!

Posted by trashterrier August 12, 08 02:50 PM
208.

Georgia has the biggest military budget in the world.
If you have a gun you want to use it.
Just ask mr. bush before go killing the civilians.

Stop watching your tv lies. No human life cost that oil.

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 02:59 PM
209.

If Hitler have killed when to it there were 5 years, it has caused horror in parents. If have killed when it has made Germany the industrial leader and has revived the country after 1-st world war is would cause horror in Germany. As a result it was shot itself. And íèêàêãî it has not caused horror. It simply costed 50 000 000 lives.

Duty of each government to protect lives of the citizens. At any cost. And at the most it is effective. In Tskhinvali was lost 1800 person, 30 000 have left the houses.

It properly? It is DEMOCRACY? This crime! And it is necessary to pay off for it.

Posted by shurics August 12, 08 03:03 PM
210.

With all that firepower, the two countries should be directing it at the LHC - that thing is gonna fold the planet inside out.

I've seen Stargate you know, and it's all true.

p.s.
why are American cars so bloody rubbish?

p.p.s.
The photos on this blog are all superb, but it's the ridiculous comments by the majority that make it so enjoyable - all hail to the idiot comments!

Posted by stuntnuts, from CERN August 12, 08 03:08 PM
211.

Ðîññèÿ ÓÌÍÈÖÀ!!!

Posted by DreammeR August 12, 08 03:09 PM
212.

hey photo maker!
how much money were you paid to write such lies under your photos???

Posted by Stacy August 12, 08 03:14 PM
213.

Putin is a criminal, a thief and resents the fall of the USSR to Westernization. He stole the SuperBowl ring off Robert Kraft's hand! He has fallen to the narcissism of the powerful, and forgotten that death will be his final pronouncement like those who die against his spy-training and aggressive military stand.
Bush is a criminal, a thief and resents the need for socialism in the world collective. He ran from military service and was MIA and destroyed his records. His family has been involved in TWO of the financial breakdowns in the U.S., the Savings & Loan debaucle of the 80's and the Mortgage Loan implosion of the 00's. He has fallen to being the puppet to Republican War Industrialists, and has forgotten that death will be his final pronouncement like those who die against his staged war in Iraq.

Posted by USRussiaUnited August 12, 08 03:15 PM
214.

paq putin

Posted by Anonymous August 12, 08 03:25 PM
215.

U.S. foreign policy has been the cause of much suffering and injustice worldwide. The puppet regime in Georgia is no different than the puppet regime in Afghanistan or Iraq.
What political party in ANY nation listens to their people? People want peace, governments want war, it's all about the money.
Sickening.

Posted by meria August 12, 08 03:28 PM
216.

Hrusheva na vas net... =/

Posted by who cares August 12, 08 03:31 PM
217.

Hate Russians, they wanted to occupy whole Georgia

Russians are aggressors !

VIVA FREE GEORGIA !!!

Posted by Alexii August 12, 08 03:37 PM
218.

TO ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT SAY WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO RUSSIA FOR THIS!!!!! IT REALLY MAKES ME MAD YOU ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT DEMANDED GEORGE BUSH GO TO IRAC AND DO SOMETHING. THEN YOU CONDEM HIM FOR STILL BEING THERE. GROW UP AND FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU REALLY WANT. GEORGE BUSH IS A GREAT PRESIDENT, AND DONT FORGET WE ELECTED HIM FOR ANOTHER TERM.

Posted by KEVIN August 12, 08 03:39 PM
219.

If I am to remind some of you that Russia has for centuries acted as an oppressor towards its smaller neighbours, then let it be so.
Do you remember what happened in Eastern Europe in 1939 and later on? And the Czech spring? And Hungaria? And 1991 in Vilnius and Riga? And genocide in Chechnya?
I cannot think of any small nation round its borders living peacefully, without the fear of being attacked by Russia on one not so fine day because of some secret pact or global politics. Not even to mention that the West has toyed with the idea of seeing some kind of reliable political partner in Kremlim communists obsessed
with power for much too long. Much to its own detriment, of course.

Posted by Normund from Latvia August 12, 08 03:44 PM
220.

Great pictures. I think that war is over for now. Saakashvili should be arrested. He used the GRAD and has killed 2000 innocent, sleeping people for one night. Bloody murder, like another georgian - Stalin.

Posted by Alex August 12, 08 03:53 PM
221.

Rusebis deis kubo movtkan

Posted by George August 12, 08 04:00 PM
222.

NOW ATTENTION : At the begining to the PRO-US´s : Start to read more about problems, facts and start THINKING YOUR SELVE !! Some people that see falll the NY Twins and says things whiteout thinking about Physics-basics and loocking with own eyes on it should start to THINK. TO ALL : I hawent seen any of war from the end of WWII where would the US¶ kill whiteout to stronger they WORDS in questions about Middle-East and oil problems, and no one of them that would be in such political gambicing from RU like wars of RU from US. Another hit : I know no war of Russia after WWII that they would not SUFFER for ... i thing the word CHECHNIA says ewerithing for that ... Yourassique has a point in his writing. War or not. Russia wont let jumping on their head, but they would not ewer start such an war as some of you write thei "DID" !!!!!

Posted by Robert August 12, 08 04:21 PM
223.

Rusebis deis kubo movtkan

Posted by George August 12, 08 04:29 PM
224.

I am georgian and i live in georgia..W A R this word during toughout of our history is reminded by russins time to time..russians are using South Ossetia a a pre-text. all the regions are bomdes, desrtoyed, non-peace treaty agreement was fullfilled form russian side since even, and even now when they signed to cease-fere still the attack giong on..killing old people, taking women to Tskhinvali, is this RERROR???? YEEEES. IT IS A SHAME in 21century to throw a ''manslaughter party'' WE NEED PEACE, no more peace (war) keeper armies in our terriroty. those photos made me cry once again, wish never to see my peoples ( or any other peoples) crying suffering faces. FOR THE WORLD PEACEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by eka August 12, 08 04:34 PM
225.

Russians are killers and they must go to the hell !!!! I hate them at all...

Posted by dali August 12, 08 05:14 PM
226.

Russians are killers and they must go to the hell !!!! I hate them at all...

Posted by dali August 12, 08 05:33 PM
227.

What a piece of garbage propaganda.

Most of the pictures show South Ossetians who suffered under the ferocious bombardment by Georgian forces.

This is called "objective" journalism in the west - anything will do to throw dirt on mother Russia. Pathetic.

Posted by Sergeant August 12, 08 05:44 PM
228.

What is this rubbish about Georgian forces killing thousands of South Ossetians? All the Russkies here keep repeating this claim like a bunch of parrots, yet there is not a shred of evidence for such massacres. Where are the bodies? Where are the photos? Looks like these dead civilians exist only in text format. Georgian forces targeted Russian invaders, not South Ossetian civilians.

Posted by JL August 12, 08 07:25 PM
229.

Georgian are killers!!!

Russia = Democracy!

Posted by SkyHawk August 12, 08 07:44 PM
230.

sakashvilly is an ugly rat. ugly inside and out. just look at his face. by the way i was watching actual film on bbc when so called bombardment was happening. nothing was happening. people were standing and watching that spectacle, how bodyguards were drugging that asshole down the street so western media could take pictures. and nothing. not a single shot. if you look at the photo, there is a man bystander, on the very back, laughing!! makes me sick. he needs to go if you know what i mean. as for dalis comment about hating russians, well, u should look at your own leaders, you easily manipulated poor fellow. we r going to hell and u and your saka will go to haven, right?

Posted by nick August 12, 08 08:04 PM
231.

What percentage of viewers choose to view the 'graphic images' that you must click on if you want to see?

Posted by joe August 12, 08 08:05 PM
232.

All I can say is this is only world population control. Next we need a civil war in China and India to help with the over grown world population.

Posted by Joe August 12, 08 08:13 PM
233.

To all of you writing hateful messages to each other - shut up. Everyone has been bothered thoroughly with all this crap. The WAR is bad enough to hear all of you whining around blaming each other.
Let me put it this way:
1. Osetians shouldn't have provoked the conflict;
2. Georgia should have never started the invasion;
3. Russia had neither the authority nor right to bomb Georgia and invade the country in return;
4. All those dead and missing, are the consequence.

Posted by z August 12, 08 08:47 PM
234.

Most of these photos are from South Osetia, not from georgia!
P/S: Georgians are monkeys!!!

Posted by Saakashvilli_MUST_DIE August 12, 08 09:38 PM
235.

In the view of pictures, they are great! but never want to see them.
STOP THE WAR ! Please.

Posted by Sulak P. August 12, 08 10:33 PM
236.

GOD is LOVE not war

Posted by jo zapanta August 12, 08 10:42 PM
237.

RUSSIANS ARE KILLERS AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN!!!

MEDVED GO TO HELL!!!

Posted by f*ck MEDVED August 12, 08 11:14 PM
238.

war is not the answer..

peace
from Indonesia

Posted by hendri August 12, 08 11:26 PM
239.

Really wonderful pictures of such an awful war!

Thanks for blocking some worst ones to give thought choice of viewing or not. (I chose not).
Because of media and the the ideas brought up by poster # 223 ( "objective" journalism) I can have no informed stand on sides of this action. The pic of the child and the mourning woman who just lost a daughter were heart-wrenching.
My prayers are with this region and its people!

Posted by saddened August 12, 08 11:34 PM
240.

HOLY CRIKETY!!
THEM RUSSIANS ARE EVIL!
AMERICA WOULD NEVER UNJUSTLY BOMB ANYONE!!!

Posted by Wilbur Evans August 13, 08 12:20 AM
241.

÷òî çà õóéíþ âû ïèøåòå
âû äîëæíû ïîíèìàòü ÷òî ÍÀÒÎ âñå ñâîå ñóùåñòâîâàíèå ìå÷òàåò çàõâàòèòü êîíòðîëü íàä ÷åðíûì ìîðåì, à êàê? äà î÷åíü ïðîñòî..
-áàðõàòíûå ðåâîëþöèè íà óêðàèíå è â ãðóçèè..(âçàìåí íåñîãëàñíûõ ïîñòàâèëè äåøåâûõ ïåøåê, íà óêðàèíå âîðîâêó, â ãðóçèè àìáèöèîçíîãî, íåâîñïèòàííîãî è öèíè÷íîãî ñóùåñòâî)
-ñ èõ ïîìîùüþ äàâèòü íà Ðîññèþ è ïîñòîÿííî îáëèâàòü å¸ ãðÿçüþ â ãëàçàõ ìèðîâîãî ñîîáùåñòâà..
ãðóçèÿ è óêðàèíà ýòî êîí÷åííûå ñòðàíû, ïîõîðîíèëè ñàìè ñåáÿ è íåõóé èõ çàùèùàòü..èì ïîõóé ñêîëüêî ñâîåãî íàðîäó ïîãèáíåò..

Posted by abc August 13, 08 12:30 AM
242.

NOT Only Russia....
All Country Like United States of America, Israel and others that make war do the same thing like in Georgia.
Why don't they just fight in the Olympics...

Posted by Mulyadi Rio August 13, 08 01:06 AM
243.

In the name of all that is good stop this bloodshed !
We are all brothers and sisters here on this earth ,this makes no sense to me.

Posted by Marius August 13, 08 01:47 AM
244.

Those pictures of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili are less than flattering. It says he's hiding while his troops are fighting. Way to show Georgians and the world what he's made of.

Posted by Chad August 13, 08 02:07 AM
245.

Saakashvily was killer and pendoses puppet.

Posted by Anton August 13, 08 02:19 AM
246.

It's just a matter of time until we have to declaw the Bear.

Posted by Jen August 13, 08 02:30 AM
247.

Americans and georgian killed 2000 people in south ossetia

Posted by Oleg August 13, 08 02:46 AM
248.

I think .. as long as human exist this world can never be at peace.

Posted by Ashish August 13, 08 02:47 AM
249.

What's more tragic, the fighting or the inane, kneejerk barking of each commentors particular received wisdom? Humans kill each other. They can't help it, it's what they do. Kind of tough to reconcile postmodern theory(There are no universal truths) with people falling all over each other to label one side "Good" and one side "Evil". The vapid yapping of trite catch-phrases is the chorus to the Greek tragedy of this world.

Posted by t-ham August 13, 08 03:27 AM
250.

Saakashvily was killer and pendoses puppet.

Posted by Anton August 13, 08 03:31 AM
251.

russia and putin want to restore ussr and after georgia they will attak ukrain and europian union thats why europe and nato has no moral rights not to protect small and peacful georgia from its brutal neighbour russia. please help us

Posted by ramazi August 13, 08 03:38 AM
252.

#233:

1) You are right.
2) What invasion? It's their country... How can you invade your own country?
3) You are right.
4) You are right.

Posted by kicsitian August 13, 08 04:01 AM
253.

#232
why don't you find a high building and jump
so at least you can do something for the world population control

Posted by Duan August 13, 08 04:55 AM
254.

why can't we all humans live in peace without killing each other? it's always these innocent civilians get killed, not them bastards who play these psychotic war games.
I'm starting to doubt if god(if there is one) has lost control over his little planet earth.

Posted by Ruwan Epage August 13, 08 05:04 AM
255.

#233 is right.

Everything you do has consequences.
To people from USA, your country has struck Irak and Afghanistan. Now the russians use it against you, you've not the right to blame them anymore.

Posted by FloS August 13, 08 05:21 AM
256.

You forgot about moving elite russian storm division (from Pskow) near Georgia,
few weeks before Saakaszwili moved georgian troops to another part od Georgia.

Read cacasian, or central-european agencies from july, you will find titles "Will Russsian attack Georgia?", "Why Russians moved so many troops near Georgia?"

It was planed for a long time, like in 1939.

Posted by Thomas August 13, 08 05:27 AM
257.

Maybe ask neighbour's of Russia what they think about this country...
Soviets are blood thirsty annimals. I chose American occupation (Germany, Japan, etc) Look what Russians do it in East Europe in over 50 years.

Posted by valis August 13, 08 05:57 AM
258.

#233 is right.

Everything you do has consequences.
To people from USA, your country has struck Irak and Afghanistan. Now the russians use it against you, you've not the right to blame them anymore.

Posted by FloS August 13, 08 05:58 AM
259.

Never trust to russia empair of evil and their kgbists. Never !

Posted by Guntis August 13, 08 06:04 AM
260.

@228

Do you want to see TV reports how Georgians shelled city Tskhinvali?
Man, there is no basic things such as water, gas or electricity for months (waterpipe goes from Georgian side and of course they cut it off).
People could't use mobile phones, let alone TV sattelite equipment as Georgians open mortar fire using ammunition homing on radio signals.
And, most importantly, Ossetians and Russians forces don't carry with them bunches of PR-professionals as Georgia did (they used Belgian PR agency to do propaganda cover up) .

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4518254.ece

Of course, I think Russia has lost information war - all these pictures of dead Ossetians, dozen of thousands of refugees fled to Russia, dead and wounded in ruined Tskhinvali only appeared after 9 Aug, after image of "evil Russia" has been already formed in Western media.

Posted by Genatsvale August 13, 08 06:11 AM
261.

Tank Rush, w00t.

Posted by Sheepy August 13, 08 06:54 AM
262.

Bush is a sponsor of the war. Hi brought to power Saakashvili and armed him. Everyone who voted for Bush or will vote for McCain is responsible for dead kids in S.Ossetia.
Look at here: http://war.georgia.su/

Posted by Yorik August 13, 08 07:02 AM
263.

....

Posted by arya August 13, 08 07:43 AM
264.

russians are very sly alright. as they've always been. and georgians are hotheads and straightforward. as they've always been. this war was inevitable, it was just question of time. no one is able to change self-awareness of nation quickly. i just hope, that after this incident some INTERNATIONAL peacekeepers will be involved. otherwise ....

Posted by manjana August 13, 08 07:52 AM
265.

It is so sad...

Posted by Emok August 13, 08 07:54 AM
266.

Russian were and will remain great people, if you are calling them killers it means you do not know them, I do not know who is right and who is wrong and we will never know the truth, I just feel so sorry for the innocent people who suffer, I am myself from Central Asia and russian were the one who helped us in our lives and we were lucky that were part of the USSR,
why we should hate each other? We are all brothers and sisters regardless of race, religion, ethnicity and so on....
I will pray for innocent people in S.O and may Allah protect them... Ameen

Posted by AK August 13, 08 08:01 AM
267.

it seems that sakashvilly would not stop. f rat. keeps provoking the west to go to war against russia. russians should go to tbilisy and nothing less, just tumble the f..k and how do you like all those "freedom states" latvia, ukrain and others! when their leaders lined up at that cheesy meeting in tbilisy, it looked like a frick show, one uglier than another. and in the middle, my favorite freedom fighter- sakashvilly! with his twisted ugly rat face! just wonderful! and the west is supporting all those cowardly rats. and on westen tv- lies,lies, lies. all the time. again, russians should not talk, just f go to tbilisi and get this f..k. until then, there will be no peace. simple is that.

Posted by nick August 13, 08 08:28 AM
268.

I don't care whose right or wrong, going to war is just unjustified.

og³oszenia drobne

Posted by ojoj August 13, 08 09:19 AM
269.

what a fu**in russians doing in there?? wtf is that georgians want of ossetia??
f**kin east war

Posted by disturbian August 13, 08 09:20 AM
270.

Russian imperialist bastards!

Posted by Jaunius August 13, 08 10:01 AM
271.

Georgia didn't start the war. They were being provoked and didn't take the pressure. That's offcourse what russia just was waiting for. People in Georgia are the most peacefull and wonderfull people, living in a very poor country - go there and you'll see for yourself.

Problem is Georgia dared to try to integrate into Europe and turn away from Russia - that's what this war is about. A punishment. Now when infrastructure in Georgia is destroyed (all networks, el plants etc) this country is about to have a very hard time.

Posted by Lithuanian August 13, 08 10:13 AM
272.

Sorry for my English, It’s not my native language. I’m sure who need to understand, will understand. First off all, I grieve about all killed innocent people in Ossetia.
That’s my point of view on all this awful events. And I strongly not recommend to read it for those who imagine Russians as “Medveds”.

1. I’m absolutely disappointed by inactivity of the international organizations, including OSCE, UN, etc.: absence of representatives and observers, and also absence of any help to the suffered population in a zone of the conflict. Only on the sixth day the overdue help arrived. And in fact it could rescue more civilians, if arrived earlier.

2. I’m also disappointed by free western mass media: all the first days of war there was no any truthful publication. It seemed to be like prepared massed informational attack with up to ridiculous identical headlines. Only on the third day appeared still rare but truly comments on events in a zone of conflict.

3. My belief in so-called values of the American democracy is finally undermined. After Kosovo and Tskhinvali I cannot consider that they are compatible with universal and humanistic values. I,m not doubt, that the plans of war in South Ossetia were created in Washington. There are so many materials, which confirm such participation.

4. What amazes, is the indifference to a human tragedy off world community and cynicism of the American authorities. There attempt to incite the leaders of the European countries against Russia on the background of the human tragedy in Ossetia, looks as shameful farce. Not a single word of sorrow in address to victims of tragical night of bombardment of Tskhinvali from those officials. It is remarkable, what all could tell the state secretary Dr. Rise in occasion of blood conflict on its sixth (!) day, was: "We shall not spend naval military exercises with Russia and we shall discuss granting of the humanitarian help ". Very "appropriate" and basically “in time”.

If Ossetians, who really needed help, should waited for help from Dr. Rise, they will be dead already. But, probably, death of all civilians of South Ossetia was her goal, and a goal of her protege Saacashvili. One God knows, how more blood they are ready to pay as a price for realization of their common ambitioned plans in Caucasus.

5. And how to u an abject and shamefully action of support of the president Saakashvili by leaders of some European countries? They stood shoulder to shoulder, joined hands with the bloody executioner. Whose hands were in Ossetins blood. Whose hands have suppressed any dissidence and free mass media in Georgia. Whose hands signed criminal orders to attack just peacefully fallen asleep city by «Grad» missiles. Whether they can wash off after these handshakes with dictator? And how soon we will see their wretched attempts to wash off?

6. But the most terrible was a shocking cruelty of Georgian SWAT: mass executions the Ossetins, “cleanup” of cellars by means of a fraggranades, mining of inhabited quarters, artillery and air strikes aimed on signals of cellular phones of civilians, arsons of houses with peaceful civilians inside. That is only several cases, we knew from witnesses. Before arrival of the Russian Army, they have very safely and successfully fought with the peaceful population and even make their self photos with a view of burnt city. They were sure, they can celebrate a victory. But the punishment came. 4000 Georgian fascist killed. All military infrastructures in Georgia destroyed. Saacashvili, I hope, will be next.

We already know, who trained Georgian army, but what amazes me, how they have made of them merciless zombies in such short time. May be they have special technologies … I do not know. What I now exactly know, if somewhere in this world will appear the next zone of the American interests, where the government of the USA will decided to make the next inoculation of democracy, the similar zombies will appear. And that is more awful.

Great respect Russian Army, who quickly liquidated and throw the beasts off from Ossetia.

Posted by Russian living in Caucasus August 13, 08 10:14 AM
273.

There is GOD, but GOD didn't order us to kill each other, GOD ordered us to live peacefully and build the earth not destroy it. one day will come when we all stand infront of GOD and be asked on what we have done with our life and those people who killed others won't have anything to say. ------- In the past and even now, He must kill in order to obtain food. and kill other people to obtain survival.

Posted by Godisindetails August 13, 08 11:09 AM
274.

Thanks to "Russian living in Caucasus" for bringing some "information-to-thought-about", because I see that most people who post comments here really don't understand what happens.
Here are some fotos from South Osetia, showing what was done by Georgians soliders to get this all mad started: http://www.flickr.com/photos/29507379@N06/

Posted by Yourassique August 13, 08 11:11 AM
275.

Unfortunatelly, people doesn't live like GOD tells :(

Posted by Yourassique August 13, 08 11:32 AM
276.

Great reporting.

The war is senseless, although necessary to protect the line. South Ossetia has not been a part of Georgia (it seems) for the last 15 years. The two nations do not like each other, nor can they live with each other. The line has been drawn in 1992. That is where the line will remain, in spite of senseless warring. Georgia will remain independent without Oseetia; and Ossetia will remain independent of Georgia. However, the war will go on, as long as it suits the financial interests of NATO and RUSSIA.

Posted by Cheech August 13, 08 11:45 AM
277.

f*ck those russian bastards they always attack smaller weaker countries like they did back in 80s with Afghanistan. they deserve to be punished by USA.

Posted by soheil August 13, 08 12:41 PM
278.

The wounded woman photo was posted on the front page of CNN the other day. Apparently not as objectionable as some would think.

Posted by krys August 13, 08 01:32 PM
279.

In conflict zone of Georgia and Osetia Russian forces lost – 74 people killed, 171 people injured, 19 people missed in action.
All those idiot who still thinks that Russia attacked George - that's only what YOUR mass-media makes you to think in that way! As a USA resident I can tell you - your govermet doesn't know anything about ethnical situation in this area. Those people in Georgea and Asetia HATE each other. Israel is not even close to this level of HATE.
Look through some non-official blogs - you will find out a lot of intresting things about this war.
As for pictures - that's really good.
Btw - EURO Union(except France) doesn't care about Georgian conflict because 1/3 of all thugs and illegal mercs comes form Georgia. And... if you look at all those photos - MOST GEOEGIAN SOLDERS WEARS MARPAT !!! THAT MILLITARY PATTERN IS A PROPERTY OF USA !!!

Posted by Vladimir Kurokhtin, born in Russia, legal resident of USA August 13, 08 02:44 PM
280.

Very, very sad...I wish and hope one day we can all get along!

Posted by Pato 12 August 13, 08 03:19 PM
281.

GUYS! WAKE UP! USSR AND STALIN IS DEAD LONG TIME AGO! Now Russia is civilized and very intellegent country! Otherwise us already for a long time has been destroyed with nukes.
Russia is not an evil empire! They just defend russian citizens (they has been killed by georgian forces without any reasons with special cruelty)
They have answered on murdering of their peacemakers - georgians fired from GRAD-missile launchers on their positions.

Comments under photos is lie. These are photos from the ossetian city, destroyed by georgians. I can rewrite this comments in photoshop and what, It will be more true?

Posted by Jonny August 13, 08 03:23 PM
282.

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Posted by Bf110 August 13, 08 03:58 PM
283.

... to be punished by USA.... ha-ha-ha!...go to Iraq and Afganistan to die... and don't see your TV-set more!... you will more dumb if you beleve every word of your CNN...

Posted by Max (Russia) August 13, 08 04:06 PM
284.

i am really sorry for this war and victims

Posted by yunas August 13, 08 04:08 PM
285.

We are Ossetian people, and we do not want to live with Georgian after all GENOCIDES happened in last and this centuries. It does not matter what Western media tells, I only remember my brother and mother who were killed by Georgian under bombardment in Tskhinvali. I regret that humanitarian thought silent in US and commonly in EU most powerful nations - everybody discuss oil and money reasons not about LIFE. The Russians were the only in this mad attack who safeguard us. Please help us - time is to cry... in ruins we are taking our moms, dads, children will never say a word....

Posted by aslan ossetian August 13, 08 04:28 PM
286.

I rather see that two leaders go at each other and not the people. Life is too short. Its time for the boys put the toys away and grow up! Lets stop making weapons! Lets stop selling weapons to the world.I wish the people of the world would stop to this stupid war. People just don't get it. I know this is wishful of thinking. I know this can be done.

Posted by Kevin Callahan August 13, 08 04:38 PM
287.

i think - often its not what you do, its how you do it. if US will remove sakashvilly, they will be able to achieve far more influence than by supporting that creep. he is simply not good negotiator. so why wait for russians to remove him? its a waste of time and money. what was he before? a lawyer? so send him back to US, give him a job in US goverment, he will fit right in with those old farts, talking nonsense all day long. besides, i gather , he is in great need for psychiatric treatment, and US is full of those clinics.
P.S. to #277 Russkys attack smaller, weaker countries? how about Germany and the rest of fascist Europe in the 40s? U think you would have lived without that victory, moran? and how about US vs. Irack? So, f*ck u too brother Numcey.

Posted by nick August 13, 08 04:40 PM
288.

Reading such posts as 237, 240, 269 and 277, i just now realized, that "Plan of war with Russia" by Allen Welsh Dulles is working! But, thanks God, not in Russia.

Posted by Russian living in Caucasus August 13, 08 04:55 PM
289.

To: Russian living in Caucasus

The USA had nothing to do with this. It was not planned or supported here - nor did we know that it would occur.

We are not the police force for Planet Earth. We help many nations, but no one ever seems to comment about that - only blame us for the failures of others.

This atrocity happened because the governments of Georgia, South Ossetia and Russia made it happen. They alone are to blame for this event.

America has no "ethnicity" we are a country made up of people who have chosen to come here - from all over the world. We are a blend of all nations, all cultures and all races.

Its time for people to realize that America is not evil nor are we in charge of the Planet. We help when we can, we make mistakes and we do the best we can.
We do far more for others, than any other country that has ever existed.

Like everyone else, I will certainly pray for the victims. May the perpetrators rot in hell.

Posted by Hans Krugger August 13, 08 05:58 PM
290.

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Posted by zuriko August 13, 08 06:07 PM
291.

I wonder how history will look at our age. What will historians think of us all? We are so decadent, and corrupt. It's more important these days for someone to have all the new Apple tech than it is to care about people across the oceans. But the really succesful people care, because they are the manipulators. The only way to become rich is to take more than your share, and to do that, one must step on others.
It's hard to see it everyday, but we've been doing it throughout time. If not Russia and the U.S.A. or China, or whatever, than Romans, British, French, and will continue to do so forever. There are no solutions to these issues. Just bigger fish. If you can, ignore it and go on with your daily grind. If not, your only choice is to join 'em because you can't beat them.

Posted by Martin August 13, 08 06:38 PM
292.

Regardless of who was the agressor in this conflict, the fact is that Mikheil Saakashvili was elected by the people of Georgia. And it is their responsibility to keep him as their leader or overthrow him. The Russian Federation should quit meddling in the interests of their neighboring countries...

Posted by ktb August 13, 08 07:08 PM
293.

Russian s*cks. They provikated 3rd world war!

Posted by Ogis August 13, 08 07:28 PM
294.

Well, all these photos seem to be true. But it's only half of the truth, and you know, if the truth isn't unveiled fully, then it turns into lies.

South Ossetia was attacked by Georgian forces, who had got their war equipment and military education from the USA. Many innocent civilians were killed during bombardment of Tskhinvali by Georgian troops as Saakashvili planed to finish with ossetians fast and furious. But he failed, as Russia had to protect the peace in the region according to the mandate of the UN she got in 90's. And I bet, he knew that and those, who stand behind him and drag the strings, they knew it too.

What's their plan, we'll just see in the nearest future. May be the real target is going to be Iran?

Anyway, watch some photos from Tskhinvali also. War is never for good.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29507379@N06/page2/

Posted by Vlad August 13, 08 08:08 PM
295.

They evoke rage, greif, compassion and a sense of deep sadness that our species is so maladjusted that we still do this kind of thing. There are "bad people" in the world who must be stopped with violent means - but I do not know this was the case here. We are our own worst enemy.

With all of our alledged intelligence, why are we still settling political differences with such god-awful violence and cruelty? Certainly, we can do better.

Posted by hans_krugger August 13, 08 08:12 PM
296.

I'm laughing at people, screaming about the truth an blaming Russia, and not even trying to think with their brains. Tskhinvaly is totally destroyed. It is a fact now. Lets find out who is to be blames for this. How? Easily. Ossetians, left without houses flee to Russia, not georgia. Would YOU flee on the territory of killers of your family? So it is clear that it was georgians, who destroyed Tskhinvaly. Now think a bit more. Georgia claims that S.Ossetia is their territory, that their people live there. So it comes out that they destroyed their own citizens. not only ossetians, but georgians as well. Or do you think that launched missle care of persons nationality? Such actions are called Genocide. Saddam had to be hung for this. And Saakashvily are to be praised?
Then, about russian peasekeepers. They were there to stop fire from both sides. Ossetians and georgians, who time from time shot each other. And they were first, who were assasinated that night. You say they fought georgians? Bah, most of them were asleep the time when georgian missles began to fall on Tskhinvaly. They had no chanse to fight out, because they didn't have artillery.
and at last, about the photoes
YOU will NEVER be allowed to see photoes your goverment doesn't want you to see. YOU are PUPPETS, no more.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgqlyY5frZs

Posted by Nick August 13, 08 08:30 PM
297.

I am Georgian . And deda GEorgial .. F*ck Russia . STOp WAR

Posted by irakli August 13, 08 09:06 PM
298.

Well, all I can say is that the Russians have now a surplus, (not us ) and a very powerful military. On the other hand..., we have the trillions, the deficit, bugged down in Afga.., in Irak, now we want Iran, ..., we are Bankrupt, our banks and infrastructure are all sold out to even to Spain! You know, of course Saudi Arabia, Dubai.... We owe our underpants to China, that's why Bush had to go and kiss their..., you know what. And for those who didn't know, Rupert Murdoch bought BEFORE the elections the TV station Imedi in Georgia, that put Saakashvili in power recently. Of course, they want to believe that the US has not changed, and it's the same they knew. Granddad who will come to save them. They have no idea of how much the US has changed. Not to say, this has been planned a long time ago obviously, from both sides. The pipelines were constructed in 2005? May the Almighty,God, the Universe, whatever, protect us. This might just be the real beginning of the Third World War. No kidding. And those two were watching the Olympics! I don't remember seeing that in my life! It's all a charade.

Posted by Robert August 13, 08 09:22 PM
299.

A lot of lies! Saakashvili lying! Read regnum.ru, interfax.ru, rian.ru make objective assessments!

Posted by John August 13, 08 09:47 PM
300.

Rupert Murdoch bought the TV station Imedi (one of Georgia's main stations) BEFORE the current elections, who put Saakashvilli in office. Not saying anything!

By the way..no, Russia is not a saint, their government is no different than what has been in a long, long time! But Putin is no Idiot. And it has a 'surplus' -- unlike the U.S. with it's deficit, and a country which is in bankruptcy, Infrastructure and banks now owned by Internationals, and not to say , all we owe to China! WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE! THIS IS NOT AN OLYMPIC GAME!

McCaine's International Defense adviser was (maybe still is) a lobbyist of guess who? The President of Georgia! McCaine's and his lobbyists friends which your cover-up media wouldn't discuss! And the other hypocrite talking in the Rose Garden today about "Sovereignty should be respected? Ha, ha, ha. Is this a joke?

Posted by Rox August 13, 08 09:51 PM
301.

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Posted by Anonymous August 13, 08 09:57 PM
302.

How could such a mentally sick guy be elected as Georgian president? Coward liar. Are they all like him?

http://rutube.ru/tracks/914483.html?v=48f4993eb55b895d2122a57b8cade68d

Posted by anton August 13, 08 10:08 PM
303.


Pictures are nice, but comments under them are lies a big time. It also funny to read comments from brainwashed americans, who dont know shit whats going on in the world.
To bad there s no pictures, how georgians destroyed capitol of South Osetia in 3 am, and the first targets were hospital, university and residential areas. How they burned people alive in South Osetiya, how snipers shut civilians, how georgians tanks drive over people, how was murdered 1.5 year old baby on a front of his mother, how gergians soldiers throw grenades in the basements, where civilians were hiding from attacks with weapon georgians got form US


You, americans, idiots. Why?? Because you believe your "news papers" and the most stupid president ever G. Bush. You dont know shit what happend

Posted by Vitaliy August 13, 08 10:13 PM
304.

American ignorance never fails to amaze me. The biggest help the American Government has, is the incompetence of the Education system. Generation after generation of proud and stupid rednecks, are the backbone of American politics. They are so predictable that Israel has a ball conducting the orchestra of idiots.
The CNN propaganda is better than Stalin's and Brezhnev’s, adding a new twist to it, THE SPIN. They bring a republican and a democrat and then they ask questions that they have to answer in a "politically correct" manner that will not offend the multitude of illiterate listeners. People in this country have forgot to read, or they never went past being able to read McDonalds or Burger King’s menus. If is beyond “Big Mac” or “double cheeseburger” might as well be Chinese. As a consequence History, Geography, Ethics and International Law are subjects that are out of reach.

Posted by Canadian eh! August 13, 08 10:56 PM
305.

Rupert Murdoch bought the TV station Imedi (one of Georgia's main stations) BEFORE the current elections, who put Saakashvilli in office. Not saying anything!

By the way..no, Russia is not a saint, their government is no different than what has been in a long, long time! But Putin is no Idiot. And it has a 'surplus' -- unlike the U.S. with it's deficit, and a country which is in bankruptcy, Infrastructure and banks now owned by Internationals, and not to say , all we owe to China! WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE! THIS IS NOT AN OLYMPIC GAME!

McCaine's International Defense adviser was (maybe still is) a lobbyist of guess who? The President of Georgia! McCaine's and his lobbyists friends which your cover-up media wouldn't discuss! And the other hypocrite talking in the Rose Garden today about "Sovereignty should be respected? Ha, ha, ha. Is this a joke?

Posted by Rox August 13, 08 11:10 PM
306.

It's amazing reading how many sheep are out there in the world now.

It's human nature to want to protect what you have. If that means going to war to protect a way of life, an oil driven economy, a religion, belief system, whatever.

It's also human nature to want more. More money, more land, more sex, more power. Especially more power.

There's not a thing any of you can do to change human nature. We're evil, warlike little fuckers who will continue to exterminate each other. It doesn't help that there's 6 billion of us to share this little ball either. That figure may go down a bit before long. Probably by a few billion, then the process will repeat itself in another few hundred years.

If possible, could all of you rat bastard world leaders just keep the plates spinning for another 30 or 40 years? That's about all I've got left and I don't wanna give up my pie.

All you crybaby cunts tossing blame on the U.S.A., while enjoying the right to say what you want due to dead soldiers past. Get over yourselves. Humans are going to fight over shit. It's what we do.

FTW

Gar

Posted by Gar August 14, 08 12:00 AM
307.

My feelings: unthinkable. my thoughs: good photos.
What are we going to do? even that we know how to figth.

Posted by Luis Gil August 14, 08 12:33 AM
308.

down with america the biggest killer human in history world

Posted by m August 14, 08 01:13 AM
309.

I do not know clearly about the purpose of the war. What did they make the war for. I think war happened because the right and the profit of it has made to the owners.
Here is the same, the war in my strange friend http://www.wontip.com/war-in-my-strange-friend/ and it made the damage to all the country. So do my country.

Posted by lovetheme August 14, 08 01:30 AM
310.

LET THE MAN WHO ORDERS A WAR BE FIRST IN THE FRONT LINE.

Posted by NANETTE WEISSINGER August 14, 08 02:55 AM
311.
Posted by /\cvelon August 14, 08 02:57 AM
312.

what is the sin of the children, women and all civilians in these wars?

we are always victims of the blood sucking politicians. they love power and do not care about the people's life.

GOD DAMN ALL THEM

Posted by MORTEZA August 14, 08 03:40 AM
313.

GOD.........PLEASE HELP THEM

THANK,S GOD

Posted by PANGLIMA INDRA MAULANA SAING August 14, 08 04:00 AM
314.

Georgia! Ukrainians with you!

Posted by Anonymous August 14, 08 05:24 AM
315.

Baisu....

Posted by LT August 14, 08 06:06 AM
316.

One new topic for today
This morning I made a call to my friend Vladimir in Rostov-on-Don city. He said he talked to refugees from South Ossetia arrived to Rostov last night. Vladimir is not a young man and saw many brutal things in his life. But what he heard from this people brought him into emotional shock. Every single story is human tragedy. People lost everything: their children, relatives, houses and all their homestead. Georgian bustards methodically killed peaceful civilians, hiding in their houses and cellars moving from one house to another and they don’t made acceptation for a little children. Ossetins said, if Russian Army haven’t stopped aggressor, Georgians may kill much more or may be all people in Tshinvally and the world community will never knew about this victims. Georgians soldiers are not soldiers. They are criminals. And this is not a war. It’s genocide. President Saakashvili is not democratic leader, he is a war-criminal.
And a hard true is that the Washington supported and supports even now Saakashvili and blaming Russia in aggression against Georgia in spite of common sense and continues washing your brains. They (Us gov.) don’t expect Russia will totally defeat Georgians bandits in this military action. All they have to do now is to continue informational war. But they were not ready for this scenario. And I really don’t understand what they going to do with 40.000 of eye-witnesses of Georgian aggression. Most of suffered Ossetians are going to bring an action against Georgian authorities in court of Strasbourg.
And I ask my question to all people in US eating informational shit from CNN, NBC and other shit-info kitchens: What your government going to do with 40.000 of eye-witnesses of Georgian aggression and brutality of Georgian Army in South Ossetia? Tell me please.

Posted by Russian living in Caucasus August 14, 08 07:05 AM
317.

You should see other side too www.flickr.com/photos/29507379@N06

Posted by Alex August 14, 08 08:45 AM
318.

Looks like Putin is trying to copy USA's strategy on war-fare. Crushing every country in the name for oil, power and money. Because for USA war = money (halliburton, carlyle group).

Posted by Zwonky August 14, 08 09:01 AM
319.

MEDIA IS THE GREATEST POWER IN THE WORLD!!!

SADLY, IT IS NOT FREE, AND IT IS PARTIAL.

WE NEED A GLOBAL CODE OF ETHICS FOR MEDIA

Posted by Shaft August 14, 08 09:10 AM
320.

Everyone, just shut up and drink your kool aid.

Posted by miggy August 14, 08 10:31 AM
321.

Please, guys stop talking about pipes, oil, resources as motives of the war. I think it’s a blasphemy in relative to all victims of war in South Ossetia. They protected their motherland from Georgian beasts and nothing more.

Posted by Russian living in Caucasus August 14, 08 10:54 AM
322.

Hello! Please watch the video.
http://korrespondent.net/video/world/551882
I guess this is the same situation that we see on the picture "Bodyguards escort Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, center, to shelter under a threat of Russian air attack in Gori, Georgia, Monday, Aug. 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)"
I guess noone except Saakashvili see that "threat of Russian air attack"

Posted by Konstantin August 14, 08 11:18 AM
323.

LETS WAIT JEHOVA S JUSTICE.. JUST WAIT
ESPEREMOS LA JUSTICIA DE JEHOVA, SOLO ESPEREN

Posted by AMIGO August 14, 08 12:01 PM
324.

Russia attaked Georgia and the world must stop new nazi! STOP RUSSIA!

Posted by J.W.BUSH August 14, 08 12:03 PM
325.

Russia attaked Georgia and the world must stop new nazi! STOP RUSSIA! Stop vladimer Hitler! Stop genocid of Georgians!

Posted by J.W.BUSH August 14, 08 12:22 PM
326.

I would like my comment to be forwarded directly to the Associated Press & the photographer George Abdaladze. His photo, though graphic, of the wounded woman reaching out to be rescued from the bombed out debris of her apartment was so moving that I can not actually find the words to express my thoughts. His photo of the women in a vehicle were also portraits of fear of the known as well as fear of the unknown. Thank you George Abdaladze, Associated Press & Boston Globe for bringing this tragedy to my attention today.

Posted by Shuff August 14, 08 01:38 PM
327.

People,think for a while before ur going to open ur mouth.U dont knw what is happenning in Caucasus,US do not have right to put nose everywhere,solve ur own problem.We wl never forget what US have done in Japan.Vietnam,Camboda,Laos,Iraq/up to this time people are dying there/even in their own US,just because of oil they are ready for everythig.God wl punish US goverment.

Posted by Zainab Ouzden August 14, 08 02:52 PM
328.

Georgian aggression was unprovoked as the last thing Russia needs in this economic situation is war. Putin is far from any intentions to wage wars. He is more like a businessman. He deals with stock exchange, he needs service of foreign banks. So war would only disturb him. Moreover, Russian Army is not in the state to be at war with the U.S.
So it's not Russia to blame. But they blame Russia.
Lies about atrocities helped NATO to cut Kosovo from Serbia, whose refugees are forgotten. I remember how Americans promised that Kosovo would remain Serbian.
Lies helped Bush to occupy Iraq.
Now new lies are emerging at this very moment.
But I don't see many protests when polititians are caught with their lies.
Which is sad. Where is American democracy? Whoever wins the elections American policy towards Russia will remain hostile. So American people seem to be deprived from their rightful choice.

Posted by Ivan August 14, 08 03:13 PM
329.

Georgia's president is a tyrant and a psycho. If he wants South Ossetia (despite the fact that Ossetians don't want to be a part of Georgia) why would he enter South Ossetia with gunfire? Was he going to shoot anyone who didn't want to become a Georgian citizen?

Thank God Russians stepped in to help. Otherwise it would have been a total slaughter.

Posted by christine ray August 14, 08 07:36 PM
330.

Heaven forbid the Serbs went back into Kosovo as the Russians are doing here! Let them settle it on their own. We (the U.S.) can do what we want militarily, so we should stay out of other counties' business. We did not want the Southern states to break away back in our civil war and we sent troops to control that uprising, right?

Posted by SRPSKIBOBB August 14, 08 07:37 PM
331.

The Russians were a peacekeeping force athorized by Europes Organization for Peace and NATO: After some skirmishes between S. Ossetia and Georgia a cease fire was signed by both sides. Then Georgia ATTACKED S. Ossetia, and burned people in churches, killed them in basements, and exterminated ten villages. The Georgians also took control of the capital of S. Ossetia.

- 10-12 Russian PEACEKEEPERS were killed and 75 or so wounded in the initial attack.

Russia responded with all due appropriateness, and civility. The counter attacked the Georgian forces in S. Ossetia(which has been independant for SEVENTEEN YEARS - since '91 // After it fought a civil war with Georgia[Americans should appriciate the significance of civil wars - It is after all how YOU GAINED YOUR INDEPENDANCE!!!]) Russia reclaimed the S. Ossetian capital very swiftly, and moved troops into the other independant nation, Abkhazia[some 6000 Russian troops were deployed to remove the Georgians that had invaded the south-east area of Abkhazia in 2006]. Russia also sent out a large naval vessel which sunk one Georgian vessel and sent two fleeing. It should be noted that this ship was deployed in the waters off the coast of Abkhazia NOT Georgia.

In the course of the counter-attack it was necessary for Russian forces to attack and destroy MILITARY bases in Georgia proper.

ONLY ONE BOMB fell on a civillian building near the military base close to Gori.

I say GREAT JOB RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS!!!! America you are no longer a super power, I hope Ottawa realizes this and buddies up with Russia - The newest 'good-guy' state! (hmmm maybe we should move the dew line. lol)

Alright, the last bit's a bit of a joke, but comon the only BEAR here is the US. Stop thinking so negatively about Russia they are good people, AND after going through a horrible economic collapse I would think that it would be 'the American way' to help Russia stand back up.

Bottom line, The world is coming together to promote peace and freedom, get on board, or shut the hell up!!
So says the Canadian Pacifist(who knows that war is a necessary tool to defend and to promote peace)

PS - Iraq was mishandled, and screwed up, but it's still a far superior option than the peace lovers suggestion that we all stand by and do nothing while 26million Iraqis have their human rights disbanded.
THANK YOU AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, even when the people you're fighting for aren't American!!!

Posted by Thomas August 14, 08 10:07 PM
332.

RUSSIA SUCKS

Posted by BOB August 15, 08 01:33 AM
333.

The Russians were a peacekeeping force athorized by Europes Organization for Peace and NATO: After some skirmishes between S. Ossetia and Georgia a cease fire was signed by both sides. Then Georgia ATTACKED S. Ossetia, and burned people in churches, killed them in basements, and exterminated ten villages. The Georgians also took control of the capital of S. Ossetia.

- 10-12 Russian PEACEKEEPERS were killed and 75 or so wounded in the initial attack.

Russia responded with all due appropriateness, and civility. The counter attacked the Georgian forces in S. Ossetia(which has been independant for SEVENTEEN YEARS - since '91 // After it fought a civil war with Georgia[Americans should appriciate the significance of civil wars - It is after all how YOU GAINED YOUR INDEPENDANCE!!!]) Russia reclaimed the S. Ossetian capital very swiftly, and moved troops into the other independant nation, Abkhazia[some 6000 Russian troops were deployed to remove the Georgians that had invaded the south-east area of Abkhazia in 2006]. Russia also sent out a large naval vessel which sunk one Georgian vessel and sent two fleeing. It should be noted that this ship was deployed in the waters off the coast of Abkhazia NOT Georgia.

In the course of the counter-attack it was necessary for Russian forces to attack and destroy MILITARY bases in Georgia proper.

ONLY ONE BOMB fell on a civillian building near the military base close to Gori.

I say GREAT JOB RUSSIAN PEACEKEEPERS!!!! America you are no longer a super power, I hope Ottawa realizes this and buddies up with Russia - The newest 'good-guy' state! (hmmm maybe we should move the dew line. lol)

Alright, the last bit's a bit of a joke, but comon the only BEAR here is the US. Stop thinking so negatively about Russia they are good people, AND after going through a horrible economic collapse I would think that it would be 'the American way' to help Russia stand back up.

Bottom line, The world is coming together to promote peace and freedom, get on board, or shut the hell up!!
So says the Canadian Pacifist(who knows that war is a necessary tool to defend and to promote peace)

PS - Iraq was mishandled, and screwed up, but it's still a far superior option than the peace lovers suggestion that we all stand by and do nothing while 26million Iraqis have their human rights disbanded.
THANK YOU AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, even when the people you're fighting for aren't American!!!

Posted by Thomas August 15, 08 02:15 AM
334.

Those who said "georgia sucks" or "russia sucks" is hard-hearted man. Think widely. There perish many people as peaceful as soldiers!
War is sad, very sad. :-(

Posted by eugene August 15, 08 05:37 AM
335.

I have family in Bosnia-Hercegovina. These pictures are universal. Sadly. They are not the first of their kind and they won't be the last. But it is very important to keep showing war pictures. So that the rest of the world cannot pretend ignorance about those repeating tragedies.

Posted by klementina 4 www.thejunction.de August 15, 08 07:59 AM
336.

savaþý lanetliyorum. çok acý bir olay. bu resimlerdekiler bizim annelerimiz babalarýmýz olabilirdi. empati kurarak olaya bakarsak. belki onlarý birazcýk anlayabiliriz.

Posted by önemsiz August 15, 08 09:35 AM
337.

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Posted by Anonymous August 15, 08 11:54 AM
338.

Some facts to those who think that USA didn’t inflame this war:
Among killed Georgian soldiers there founded black skinned mercenaries. There also were corpse with badges with US Symbolics.
Weapons, that killed approximately 1.400 people in South Ossetia, were sold Georgia by orange government of Ukraine, controlled by USA.
There are near 150 American military instructors in Georgian Army. For more than 4 years they trained Georgians.
Georgian army is equipped with M-4 US rifles and NATO uniform.
Before Saakashvili started his aggression, he was visited by Dr. Rise. After that visit intensive bombardments and military provocations from Georgia have begun.

Posted by sad_man August 15, 08 12:20 PM
339.

Na silo zato ker ne znajo z besedo - moè je rak rana moènega, ki ga razjeda a se moèni tega ne zaveda...in v razjedo, ki ga boli vleèe še preostale ljudi!

Posted by STANKO August 15, 08 12:31 PM
340.

Thanks for a good word about russian people. They helped to save lifes of many osetians, imagine what if georgian troops captured the entire city-they would kill even more civilians. Georgian propaganda works only one way and teaches young georgians to hate their neghbors. This is a good way to raise robots, who than can kill everyone the government will point on. Western Press lies so much, i cant even imagine this! About 2 tousand civilians killed over night by georgian rockets and not even one western country says anything. Democracy! More, they talk that Russia boms Georgia and kills civilians. This is a major lie and most people believe it. Press says Georgian city of Gori destroyed and yet later shows the whole city staing still. Why do FREE western journalist hate so much Russia, so they will lie? I understand there was a soviet union and communism, but that was gone for 17 years now. No one wants to come back to those years and be dictator to other nations. I understand they hate russians because of that time they were under dictatorship. But it would be stupid for russia to fight all that countries back and separate from the rest of the world. Russians build economy, travel, living their life like everyone else. No one wants a war. Because it destroys economy and peoples lifes. US instales rocket systems near Russian borders and say it is against iran. So stupid! You do not have to be a very smart to see it is against only russia. Turkey is US -allied and there is a place for such system against possible iran treating. I just do not understand why US looking for war with russia? Hm.. maybe US wants to include Europe in this mess and destroy their economy. And states are over the ocean. World leadership..Think about this.. For many russians there is no more illusions about what US wants in that region...Russians does not want to fight, but they will defend themselfes with ALL weapons.

Posted by Andrew August 15, 08 12:40 PM
341.

3 war its begin

Posted by kuncius August 15, 08 01:32 PM
342.

Some facts to those who think that USA didn’t inflame this war:
Among killed Georgian soldiers there founded black skinned mercenaries. There also were corpse with badges with US Symbolics.
Weapons, that killed approximately 1.400 people in South Ossetia, were sold Georgia by orange government of Ukraine, controlled by USA.
There are near 150 American military instructors in Georgian Army. For more than 4 years they trained Georgians.
Georgian army is equipped with M-4 US rifles and NATO uniform.
Before Saakashvili started his aggression, he was visited by Dr. Rise. After that visit intensive bombardments and military provocations from Georgia have begun.

Posted by sad_man August 15, 08 01:51 PM
343.

Na silo zato ker ne znajo z besedo - moè je rak rana moènega, ki ga razjeda a se moèni tega ne zaveda...in v razjedo, ki ga boli vleèe še preostale ljudi!

Posted by STANKO August 15, 08 02:21 PM
344.

War is stupid....nothing else to tell......

Posted by MC August 15, 08 04:29 PM
345.

Truth about Georgian invasion in S. Ossetia from Mikhail Gorbachov in Larry King Live
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/08/14/gorbachev/index.html#cnnSTCVideo
The FOX News commentator didn’t expect the Osetin women and her daughter will talk truth about events in S. Ossetia
http://www.youtube.com/v/H8XI2Chc6uQ&hl=en&fs=1
Watch this till full enlightenment…

Posted by sad_man August 15, 08 05:42 PM
346.

Why is Russia cluster-bombing civilian areas on purpose?

Posted by RedHawk August 15, 08 10:42 PM
347.

This will not happen under president Obama! He would raise his hand and say STOP and they'd stop. He'd wave his arm and the injured would be healed, the hungry fed, the naked clothed. Oh American voters please vote for Barack Obama!

Posted by Greg Harting August 16, 08 01:53 AM
348.

New technology kills us than protecting us.
Really sad to see such picture.

Posted by Indian August 16, 08 04:29 AM
349.

"An unidentified fighter jet drops munitions near the Georgian town of Gori" is actually Su-25 fighter.

Posted by ifin August 16, 08 05:26 AM
350.

Disturbing how many people here are spouting all the propaganda they are being fed from their own side. Just because a leader says something does not make it fact. The reality of what happened is represented by the last picture of the woman crying when about her dead child. That anguish breaks my heart.

Posted by Jonathan August 16, 08 05:44 AM
351.

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Posted by Aleksey Fedotov August 16, 08 07:37 AM
352.


One thing for sure USA will do their things again!!!
pretending that they are the good guys!!!
so they can gain control again & again & again!!!
Remember Korea, Vietnam, Iraq.

Who's the real terrorist?

Posted by Kadre Logan!!! August 16, 08 08:08 AM
353.

RedHawk, Russia don’t use cluster bombs. It’s a lies from Saakashvili, who is a whore of US government.
2 fougasse bombs blew near inhabitant outskirts of Gori. But that was only unfortunate mistake of the pilot, who bombarded the military facility and warehouse, which is very close to Gori. Near 10 people died and that is very rueful.
Saakashvili afraid, that the world community will realize all that he done in S. Ossetia and will admit him in genocide. And that will be very bad end for him. So, there is nothing left for him, but lie to the entire world and to hide his ass behind his American friends back.

Posted by sad_man August 16, 08 10:33 AM
354.

En verdad esto es horrible, como es posible que existan guerras en este siglo. Que pena.

Posted by mex August 16, 08 05:50 PM
355.

fascinating to the see the variance of comments here. everyone with a partisan opinion: please, PLEASE try to see it from the other side as well.

truth is somewhere in the middle. US, russians, georgians, s. ossetians - even israelis & iranians - everyone has a stake in this conflict, & everyone is gaming the situation for their own strategic advantage.

nothing is simple or straightforward. educate yourself, see how each side propagandizes their message. why have we not seen these pics before, or ones like them from 5 years of war in iraq & afghanistan? think for yourselves & see how they work to manipulate you. we are all pawns in their games.

Posted by johnny August 16, 08 07:53 PM
356.

This world has gone insane.

Posted by Dimitri Dost August 16, 08 09:48 PM
357.

Sigh... We never learn, do we? And for what? A bit of dirt? A bunch of stones? A hilltop and some fields? No, for grown-up's lust for power. And, invariably, it's the children who pay the biggest price: killed or severely traumatised, they will be marked for life. According to UNICEF in the last decade 10 million children were traumatised by war (www.warchild.org). Think about it, then DO something.

Shame on us, the human race...

Posted by Jurgen van der Pol August 17, 08 06:49 AM
358.

STOP RUSSIA!!! STOP RUSSIA!!! STOP RUSSIA!!! STOP RUSSIA!!!

PLEAS, EVERYONE, HELP TO STOP KILLING AND RAPE GEORGIAN PEOPLE... ALL WOROLD MUST HELP STOP RUSSIAN ARMY.... THEY ARE KILLERS., MARAUDERS, ROBBERS,

HELP!!!!

Posted by lasha August 17, 08 07:03 AM
359.

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Posted by Anonymous August 17, 08 09:08 AM
360.

just google for "Zeitgeist", open your eyes

Posted by nobody August 17, 08 10:54 AM
361.

intelligent people dont kill each other
ALL politicians and WORLD militaryS should
have peace days EVERY DAY that they pray for their souls

and
the wrong doings of each soul
will be
not forgiven for the hell they have brought to other helpless beings

let peace and love for all humans prevail, pray for divine intervention and world
peace LIVE YOUR XMAS CARD DAILY....

Posted by KT August 17, 08 12:17 PM
362.

All explanatory comments to photos lie.
Americans! You lost your brains. You are being manipulated by mass media every day, every week ... You know nothing about this conflict.

Posted by Oleg August 17, 08 01:50 PM
363.

The Georgian aggresors and especially theyr president must be removed from President and forced to face the law in Geneva.

Posted by The reader August 17, 08 02:16 PM
364.

Just to remind to all of you, people, of GENOCIDE of Russian, Jewish and other Soviet nations during period of 1937-1953 which was done by ethnically GEORGIANS - Mr Stalin ( real name - Djugashvili) and Mr. Beria!!!!! Saakashivili is the same!

Posted by peacekeeper August 17, 08 03:15 PM
365.

It is important to know that political & military relatioons between S. Ossetia & Georgia have been, to put it mildly, in extreme tension since the breakup of the USSR. Georgia's use of military force in the non-aligned S. Ossetia precipitated this action in the region. Nobody helped their situation in this matter. S Ossetia damaged its (and probably Abkahzia's also) already slight chances of getting sufficient support to become an independent nation. Georgia has a black eye in trying to assert that they are of credible stature to be included in the International relm, and as always Russia has again demonstrated that they can not be trusted to use peaceful and diplomatic actions to resolve local issues.

Posted by Michael August 17, 08 07:36 PM
366.

Unbelievable. Thanks for posting these. As everyone else has commented, people just forget this stuff is happening or ignore it. This should not be ignored; people should pay attention to this. So much for Bush (IDIOT)" looking inside Putin's soul...."

Posted by rachel August 17, 08 08:47 PM
367.

OMG!! its horrible!!

Posted by Jimmy August 17, 08 11:52 PM
368.

thanks for the photo.. speaks loud and clear.

Posted by Jonathan Kim August 18, 08 01:18 AM
369.

With all my respect, you are swapping things here:
above there is a photo of the ruined (by Georgians) Tzhinvalli. But here it is labelled as the Georgian town of "Gory after Russian bombardment."
There are no pictures of those hundreds of killed, wounded Ossetians and Ossetian refugees. Inspite you gave a lot of pictures of Georgians who fled from Gory. It is known already that Gory was not destroyed by Russians. The "journalists" could not find the right pictures, so they use pictures from the opposite side and thus feeding us people here with fakes.
This is disgusting to see how the world's major massmedia are covering up this events in South Ossetia. They use even filthy lie.

what a filthy

Posted by Den August 18, 08 02:22 AM
370.

Most of you readers have your own brains, I hope. Then, please, stop reading and believing so blindly in what you are being fed with.
This guy - 'democtratically elected Georgian president Saakashvilly' is brandishing with his 'democtratic banner' just in frunt of your noses and using his favorite word 'democtracy' espessially for you guys.
In fact Georgia has been turning into a kind of small banana fascist country, with a political regime supported from outside.

Posted by Den August 18, 08 03:02 AM
371.

S T O P R U S S I A

Posted by Anonymous August 18, 08 04:07 AM
372.

What was wrong with my comments on the above pictures, what you did not dare to post it? That some of them turned to be fakes?
Or maybe you did not like the main idea of it? Or maybe I used offensive and abusive language?
Then why did you post above this one instead:
STOP RUSSIA!!! STOP RUSSIA!!! STOP RUSSIA!!! STOP RUSSIA!!!

"PLEAS, EVERYONE, HELP TO STOP KILLING AND RAPE GEORGIAN PEOPLE... ALL WOROLD MUST HELP STOP RUSSIAN ARMY.... THEY ARE KILLERS., MARAUDERS, ROBBERS,

HELP!!!!

Posted by Den August 18, 08 07:41 AM
373.

It's always been a game of manipulation for the Soviet's. Using rearrangement and invalidation of people and their land has been the Russian/Soviet method of assimilation. This is just another of their games. Ossetians going from the frying pan into the fire. Being a minority in an another man's country is never comfortable. But as an outsider seeing what Georgia has provided to Abkazia and Ajaria and the amount of autonomy within these areas give a positive outlook to what Ossetia can achieve. Let's say Ossetia gains independence. What the hell do htey have as a source of economy. YAY another freaking mass of people to feed through the world hunger program. More of my Tax dollars being shipped off to other countries through conniving Politicians in our countries trying to win economic control over there

Posted by Jay August 18, 08 07:42 AM
374.

President of the breakaway South Ossetia region, Eduard Kokoity stands near Russian tanks and troops in the South Ossetian town of Dzhava on August 9, 2008. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP)


Eduard Kokoity - Very good friendly face have this man - Both sides are ANIMALS -Mammals, Canibals and the lack of language and speech .....

Posted by Kostas August 18, 08 01:44 PM
375.

good photo shot

i wish finally the russian troops would go out now

Posted by Alex August 18, 08 04:54 PM
376.

HELP! HELP! Russians are coming!! Russians are coming!! They are marauder!!!! They captured all our guns and tanks, that you gave us last time!! We need more weapons!!! HELP! HELP EVERYONE!!! We can kill much more Ossetians and Abhazians!!! 2000 is not enough!!! In 90th we killed 14000!!!

Posted by Saakashvili August 18, 08 05:06 PM
377.

No War.

Posted by Athan Lee Sound from China August 19, 08 02:18 AM
378.

People of the free world, Saakashvili is fooling you!!!
Ossetia and Abkhazia for thousand years of existence have NEVER been a part of Georgia, till Iosif Stalin divided Ossetia in 2 parts: Southern and Northern and then he attached North Ossetia to Russian Federation and South Ossetia and Abkhazia to Georgian Soviet Republic as the autonomies. By this illegal act of annexion Stalin initiated extermination of Ossetians and Abkhazians as nations by Georgians. The result was the first genocide in 20th - tens of thousands Ossetians and Abkhazians were killed and deported from their native lands.
And when the USSR have been broken apart, all the 15 Soviet republics signed the Beloveeg’s agreement in accordance to which all of them must hold a plebiscite in every their autonomies on their staying in this Republics or separation from them. All Republics have done this, but not Georgia. That was the starting point of new conflict. Georgia didn’t give the Ossetians and Abkhazians possibility to make democratic choice of their future. In 1992 after 2 years of war and genocide, started by Georgian extremist Gamsahurdia, more than 10,000 of Ossetians and Abkhazians were killed, and both republics (S. Ossetia and Abkhazia) have done their choice in plebiscites: to be the independent countries, separated from Georgia.
And now Georgia with the help of US are trying to reanimate processes, started by Stalin and Beria (Head of Stalin’s KGB). But there is no way back, as no way to reanimate USSR. People of Ossetia and Abkhazia are in the same situation as people in Kosovo! They need their own independent state! Georgia must stop this genocide!

Posted by Alan August 19, 08 10:55 AM
379.

war
is
good
only
for
fckn
politics

Posted by domagalec August 19, 08 01:44 PM
380.

The myth about impartiality of mass media of America and the Europe is discredited. In Russia many trusted mass media of America and the Europe. The lie and distribution of the antiRussian racism have undermined belief. America and the Europe now not an ideal for Russian people.

Posted by alikisay August 20, 08 12:15 AM
381.

Half of photos is a deceit! The broken houses is not Georgia! It is Ossetia! Half of comments - a deceit. President Saakashvili is the American prostitute. It receives money from America, it the traitor of the native land. It wants, that in Georgia the American rockets which would be placed will be aimed to Moscow. For the sake of it there has been begun aggression to South Ossetia. What to have an occasion to ask "protection" for president Bush.

Posted by sergey August 20, 08 12:00 PM
382.

Growing up and studying history at school, I used to think I was lucky to be born in an enlightened age when atrocities of the past would never be repeated. Sadly, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Present day crazy bastards are just as bad as the crazy bastards from my grandfather's time. You would think we could learn from the past. Is there no hope?

Posted by bruce August 20, 08 12:27 PM
383.

"President of the breakaway South Ossetia region, Eduard Kokoity stands near Russian tanks and troops in the South Ossetian town of Dzhava on August 9, 2008. (Dmitry Kostyukov/AFP)"

The photo where the person picks in a nose, or at the person a silly look, does its guilty. It is a bad practice. There are Putin's and Bush's many photos with a strange sight. It is a unfair method.

Posted by alikisay August 20, 08 03:20 PM
384.

This makes me ashamed of what I am. A Human

Posted by Deeskusted August 20, 08 03:39 PM
385.

America, go home from Georgia!!!

Posted by Ossetians August 20, 08 06:39 PM
386.

When the Soviet Union fell, I used to think US and Russia could/should get along and take on the world struggles together..We have common problems to confront. Both governments have obviously failed in that objective and look where we're headed again.. It's not too late, PLEASE STOP.

Thank you for the phenomenal pics.. Please don't stop them.

Posted by Kevin August 20, 08 10:21 PM
387.

Soon american navy will be there and i want to see how strong really russians are? or they are going to run like they did in pristina. Anyway russians they start big war in this region in 1991 and it was all this time there , 1990 karabakh, 1991 samachablo(south osetia), 1992 abkhazia,1992 ingushetia, 1994 chechnya, 1998 abkhazia, 1999 chechnya, 2001 abkhazia, 2004 samachablo(south osetia) same year osetia in russia(beslan) 2006 ingushetia and now again 2008 samachablo so called south osetia. Only one power in this region can produce so many wars and conflicts, financing, weapons, human recurses all comes from russia. I hope this time it will be last for russia and free world not going to forgive this genocide of all caucasian people. Russians like to say Georgia is nice but without georgians. Now think yourself !!!

Posted by human August 20, 08 10:24 PM
388.

The lies here make me sick. Georgia brutally attacked South Ossettia just after receiving trianing from the US and Israel who both had over 1000 special forces troops training the Georgians for this conflict. The US and Israel, both under zionist jewish influence are on a wrecking path for the whole planet. The rest of what you're hearing is lies, period.

Posted by Anti-zion August 21, 08 02:00 AM
389.

to:240 please wake up and open your big eyes, don't simply talk if you know nothing,

Posted by zero August 21, 08 03:58 AM
390.

Great pictures! Terrible comments. Osetia and Abkhazia were the most wonderful places of Russia. Let your goverment send more instructors to Tbilisi. Send them money, rifles, equipment... And you`ll see more great pictures!
In God you trust!

Posted by Medved August 21, 08 06:39 AM
391.

RUSSIA GO HOME

Posted by georgia August 21, 08 08:15 AM
392.

Putin is dogs sun. He has hand in georgian blood!!!

Posted by Amiran August 21, 08 10:48 AM
393.

To human: Soon America and all world community will realize that Georgian president have done in Ossetia. And he will be thrown to the garbage of history, as Hitler, Stalin and all other maniacs.Russia was never afraid of nobody. And nobody need to be afraid if truth on his side. Because our judge is the GOD and not the Bush or NATO. May be the studing of the history will help you not to be idiot and also not be afraid.

Posted by Russian living in Caucasus August 21, 08 01:56 PM
394.

This war there have begun Georgians. At night on August, 7th they began to fire at a city of Tskhinvali. 1600 civilians were lost. Destruction the Ossetin was prevented by the Russian armies. If Russian were not included into Tskhinvali Saakashvili would arrange a genocide.

Posted by Alexey August 21, 08 03:32 PM
395.

This war there have begun Georgians. At night on August, 7th they began to fire at a city of Tskhinvali. 1600 civilians were lost. Destruction the Ossetin was prevented by the Russian armies. If Russian were not included into Tskhinvali Saakashvili would arrange a genocide.

Posted by Dmitry August 23, 08 03:52 AM
396.

The best thing the US and Europe can do is arm Georgia to the teeth with Stingers and RPGs. Then help them train their entire people in the ways of Hunter-Killer tactics that did in the Soviets so nicely in Afghanistan and Chechnya.

Those Caucasus mountains would become instant tank traps.
The only thing the Russian fascists understand is brute force.

Slaughter them all!

Posted by Free Georgia August 23, 08 10:23 AM
397.

Why do white people start all these wars around the world?

Posted by N/A August 23, 08 11:24 AM
398.

Re: Russian count of "2000 Ossetian civilians killed": That number was used by Russian government to rally Russian public around invasion into Georgia. All Russians who keep repeating this number: Think - It first appeared on August 8, before (as you claim) Russian troops even crossed Georgian borders. Have you ever been in combat zone? specifically in urban one? Tell me, how did Russians count 2000 dead bodies in the city at that moment was captured by georgians? How do you count dead BEFORE you control the battlefield? Guess what, even after you control it, counting is very hard, especially if number is so high.
After the hostilities were stopped, even your own military prosecutor's office did not find more than 133 bodies, and they never said if those killed Ossetians were military or civilian. Let me guess.... They were civilians and Russian military did not want to mention it.
Human Right Watch said there were at most few tens, certainly NOT hundreds death among Ossetian civlians. I am not saying it is ok to kill tens of civilians. All I am saying stop throwing around numbers that your government pulled out of their backsides. Where are the pictures of roads littered with dead bodies? In modern age of cell-phone cameras, satelites, etc. etc. how come there is not a single picture of the result of this terrible "Georgian atrocities"?
And, BTW, all pictures that say "Georgian village" are made in Georgian villages, so stop lying about it. it really is not that hard to check.

Posted by Georgia August 24, 08 03:22 PM
399.

South Ossetia is NOT independent. Russia needs to stay out of the conflict. What happened in Georgia was a CIVIL war. This should have played out on its own. Russia is NOT a peacekeeper but instead is biased and should be removed from South Ossetia immediately. Putin is pissed off because of Georgias plans of joining NATO and dropping CIS like a bad habit. Putin wants to keep South Ossetia under his wing that way he can build his Natural Gas Pipeline through South Ossetia without Georgians permissian. Russia is a BULLY and needs to repect Georgias sovereignty. Putin is too occupied with becoming the new OPEC.

Posted by iva August 25, 08 03:04 AM
400.

russia is a great country.american rascals cannot defeat them. arest war criminal bush

Posted by Anonymous August 25, 08 05:31 AM
401.

Prolog: Georgians, Ossetians and Abkhazians were living in peace and prosperity for thousands years. They loved each other, until brutal Medved entered their common homeland….
…. Georgian "Grad" missiles have never been striking at sleeping city of Tshinvali. That was the fantasy of poor mad Ossetians, seriously frightened by ugly Medved. They destroyed their city themselves. They have stolen these missiles from Georgian army and then brought them to their houses. And then 2000 people in Tshinvali made suicide with shame for they have done. All Ossetians, that remained alive, meet kind Georgian soldiers, as liberators, with flowers and crying: «Hurrah!!!»….
…. Kind Georgian Soldiers never killed Ossetians and never chopped their women’s and children’s heads. That was mass suicide of Ossetians, they have done it to themselves! That was seriously planned action of separatists, the goal of which was to discredit Honorable Georgian Army. And when the hordes of Russian Cannibals came, they began to tear to pieces and eat kind Georgian soldiers…..
….Georgian soldiers courageously fought against cannibals and never escaped off them, losing their pants and weapons, because they are strong, courageous and what is the most important, they were well-grounded by their American friends. But angry Cannibals were everywhere and they needed more blood and meat. Some of them, so called “Peacemakers”, were most aggressive and angry, began eating each other. They ate over 80 of themselves. Kind Georgian soldiers never killed “Peacemakers”, they have done it to themselves….
…. And in the apogee of this bacchanalia, when Brave Georgian army died game, very honorable and courageous Georgian president Saacashvili, the hero of Georgian land, croped up. Rumour has it that he was so strong that nobody can overtake him, even his bodyguards. With lightning out of his eyes and thunderclap from his ass, he alone, overthrows bastards into hell and saves Tbilisi from hordes of brutal cannibals….
Fragments from «Great Misha – the Liberator of New Democratic Georgia» fairytale. Only for Georgians not older 5 years recommended.
Also for all Americans is recommended. No age limitations.
Paramount announced about soon coming blockbuster cinematized by Spielberg basing on this fairytale. Bruce Willis stars as Liberator.

Posted by Alan August 25, 08 10:39 AM
402.

West must understand that young really democratic states can be very nationalistic. Cause of this feature - those Georgians were silly to be provoked and destroyed whole city with artillery. If it is not case of war criminal, so what is? And that's key to whole story!

Yes, we are not so funny democratic people, but we slowly develop in this direction. And here, in Moscow, we were very disappointed when Russia made her rare moral choice, Europe totally misunderstood our position.

And to fellow Georgians... Are you really need these people? Anyway, I'm deeply sorry

Posted by Nikolay August 25, 08 02:28 PM
403.

I saw someone mentioned Stalin as the worst person ever created by the russian history...well, he was GEORGIAN. Learn facts.
I'm very sorry for your mass-media being involved into the war on Georgian side...

Posted by Dmitry August 26, 08 05:56 AM
404.

The wars would end if those who declared the war had to go to the front line from the day one.

Posted by Finnish Man 86 August 26, 08 02:46 PM
405.

Stop human stupidness please! What wanted te abnormal politicians invading Ossetia???

Posted by PeaceFighter August 27, 08 03:10 AM
406.

Bias is not uncommon with this site?

Posted by John August 27, 08 09:21 PM
407.

"imagine the people living life in peace" John Lennon

Posted by tiziano August 28, 08 03:35 AM
408.

These are world class images. the photographers tells it as it is

Posted by Simphiwe Nkwali August 28, 08 05:21 AM
409.

World, what frell up leaders you have...

Posted by marius August 28, 08 08:51 AM
410.

we love war we love kill war

Posted by xD August 28, 08 09:23 AM
411.

For Russia that has occured in South Ossetia on August, 8th when Georgia has attacked Ossetia, the same, that for the USA towers-twins on September, 11th. Quantity of victims respective. Saakashvili the rockets has killed more than 1500 peace inhabitants, and CITIZENS of the Russian Federation! That I see now is there would be the same as though after tragedy on September, 11th 2001, any country has supported €«ì-Š ¨¤ã and in support Ben Ladanu has sent 18 military ships in the help to terrorists. Be on a place of the Russian Federation the USA, for a long time Saakashvili would be hung up. And the USA supported all this time " Caucasian Ben Ladana ".

I.e. that now I see me in mass-media of the Europe horrifies - Russia has attacked small Georgia... That would be if Russian tanks have not entered into Ossetia, that, not having protected the peace population, probably, defenders of human rights does not interest any more, only as Russian kill everything, bears fat... Well it in fact, you see, is immoral also it so awfully. Has still seen a photo with the signature " Russian attack to Georgia " - why do not publish a photo as the Georgian militarians have alive burnt the house with children and old men about whom Putin and as they killed peacemakers spoke.

Georgia has attacked Ossetia, instead of the Russian Federation to Georgia - in mass-media is even huge quantity links to references of the European editions which refer to " information war ". Western mass-media are not absolutely pure, give not the true information, in particular the Air Forces, therefore it is not necessary to accuse the Russian Federation of all sins at once. The picture which was drawn with the western mass-media, essentially differed from the validity.

I do not work to the Kremlin, or on Putin as many European mass-media can think. I the simple inhabitant, and this my opinion. Sorry for my English.

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Posted by Mirimas August 28, 08 02:34 PM
412.

Good photo, no
Saakashvili - militarist and separatist

Posted by graxa August 28, 08 05:57 PM
413.

Dear Dick,

thank you very much for the interview. I have heard a lot of talk about war and power struggle between Russia, Georgia and the West since the war started, but no one (in media) has expressed much interest in the human part of the conflict. I think it is important for us to see that besides destroying military bases and port/ infrastructure (which can be seen as part of every war), what Russians did and are still doing in Georgia is inhuman and barbarian. I am referring to them raping women, burning down houses, setting Georgian forests and lands on fire, gunning down elderly people, setting booby traps in villages, and so on.

Posted by Katy August 28, 08 09:00 PM
414.

We Luv Hate, We Hate Luv!!!
keep fightin' y'bastards!!!
till the day of Reckoning!!!

U.S. is a double sided sword, don't believe evrything they'v said...
it's all for their own interest...
when they believe they don't need u anymore, they'll trash u out!!
juz like what happen with Osama ibn Laden (former CIA member)'s Teleban (>

They're trully the devil in diguise >:o

Posted by r u die? August 29, 08 12:44 AM
415.

Those of you talking about bombing of Tsxinvali by Georgian soldiers - I guess you overlooked the fact that Ossetians... oh, sorry! they don't have that kind of weapon, so just call everything it's name -Russians, so called "peace-keepers" were bombing Georgian villages for 3 days.... WHOLE 3 DAYS GEORGIAN VILLAGES WERE UNDER FIRE, CIVILIANS WOUNDED OR KILLED, HOUSES BURNED and what do you think - if somebody dared to kill your citizens would you just sit calm in the corner eating popcorn?
these people needed help!
they needed defense from terror which has been going on for years already and has reached it's highest point on august 6th.


Posted by katherine August 29, 08 12:08 PM
416.

These pictures tell you so much. You can just look and know their hurt and sorrow.

Posted by Josie August 29, 08 12:51 PM
417.

The first lie - The Georgian government has been saying since beginning of August 2008 that the situation in South Ossetia is escalating and the Russian “peacekeepers” are staging provocations together with illegal armed forces of South Ossetian separatist regime. They started killing Georgian police officers and firing artillery shells at the Georgian villages located in South Ossetia, but the world was preoccupied with getting ready for the opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics

Just last question to Mr. Putin. Mr. Putin, if you are so concerned about the freedom of small minorities, why not recognize the independence of Chechnya? Then Daghestan? Then Ingushetia? And then all the other autonomous republics where the citizens do not even speak Russian? Think about that at first and then lets discuss the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, after 300,000 Georgian refugees return to their own homes.

And to my fellow Abkhazian and South Ossetian brothers and sisters. Yes, there will be dancing and celebration in Sokhumi and Tskinvali, Yes you will be smiling and waving flags - Georgian flags of course….

Posted by David Dzidzikashvili August 29, 08 05:09 PM
418.

You can see more pictures here
http://southossetia.100webspace.net/

Posted by Nick Temple August 29, 08 08:54 PM
419.

georgian troops destroyed 80 russian tanks 25 jats 10 helicopter and 8000russian soldier were killed georgian nearly win war against russian but at the end georgian president saakashvili order troops to leave tskinvali nobody thoght that russians take gori it was big mistake when georgian troops leave tkinvali

Posted by russia August 30, 08 04:48 PM
420.

Why Georgians override and hate Ossetians? They are other people. Give them freedom!

USA and NATO (like today's Russia and USSR) are evil empires. Bush and McCain provoked local conflicts and possibly 3rd war. They weakened already the USA and they want to weaken Russia and China, of course. Puppets Saakashvili (Georgia), Yschenko (Ukraine) are only tools in the USA hands. Be aware!

Posted by Gerd August 31, 08 06:49 AM
421.
Posted by juri August 31, 08 11:16 AM
422.

I don't understand why UN didn't condemn georgian agression in South Ossetia? As I remember Russia called up an extra UN security council meeting. US and Britain have blocked the resolution a only after that Russia decided to act. Geogians made a huge mistake.

Posted by den August 31, 08 12:30 PM
423.

Posted by russia August 30, 08 04:48 PM: "...georgian troops destroyed 80 russian tanks 25 jats 10 helicopter and 8000russian soldier were killed georgian nearly win war against russian..." Ha-ha-ha!!! Georgian Rembo!!!
Russian lost:
64 soldiers
2 tanks
4 jats (Su-25SM, Su-25 from 368, Su-24MR erom GLIC, Tu-22M3R from Shajkovka)
1 helic

Foto: http://milkavkaz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=226&start=0
Brave georgian Rembo Old and new foto: http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?t=127377&page=10

Posted by Coon August 31, 08 03:09 PM
424.

Georgia attacked South Osettia first and Russia came to the defense .Why is the western media lying

Review the evidence
http://posmedprod.webs.com/georgiawar.htm

Posted by jaro August 31, 08 10:39 PM
425.

Thanks for these photos... i am georgian and don't want other to know horror of war!!!

Posted by Natalie September 1, 08 12:47 PM
426.

rassia no no

Posted by Anonymous September 1, 08 08:45 PM
427.

my georgian STOP rassia

Posted by KaZaKa September 1, 08 08:46 PM
428.

The gamble didn,t PAY for Georgia!!!

Posted by Chris D September 1, 08 10:05 PM
429.

its dificult to realise, in the 21st century, that man wants to kill man, although its been like that since the begginingof man. Humans cannot live with each other in peace, but whats been going on in Georgia, I feel is disgraceful, and that the western world cannot standby and let the russians kill innocent civilians, If we are
not careful this could be the mother of all wars. Tread carefully russia.

Posted by paul September 2, 08 07:30 AM
430.

Just look at that "OUT OF MY MIND" face of Georgian president when he is running for cover from a "russian air strike" ))). Glad that US did provide enough of adult size nappies, among the humanitarian aid, to accommodate the "outcome" of this "russian attack" ))) As we say in SA " Boy did he KAK himself!!!" Look at the faces of the bystanders, they can not understand why Mr. Saakashvili is running and who from (no one looks up at the sky, where russian planes shoul be "striking" from). Mr. Saakashvili is a CRIMINAL and should be procecuted like the WAR CRIMINAL he is!

Posted by South African September 2, 08 09:05 AM
431.
Posted by Znamenskiy September 3, 08 10:24 AM
432.

Obama Bi den
Osama Bin Laden

I wonder what the mathamatical probability of Osama Bin Laden who mastermined the attacks from his laptop in a cave and and Obama/ Biden having similar names ?
Maybe a Cia Code or im really bored !

Check out the real reason the georgia war started ...
China used to export oil now they import oil ...
He who controls the Black gold controls the energy...

http://posmedprod.webs.com/oil.htm

Posted by Jaro September 3, 08 12:48 PM
433.

this is so sad D: omg i just wish they could stop this war its so sad T_T

Posted by niki September 3, 08 03:22 PM
434.

We all know this is a smoke scree that the American war machine is backing to keep peoples attention away from their plans for attacking Iran - we know you have large battle fleets on the way there already you war mongering evil scum - mess with Iran and I am afraid that is the end of the world. DIE GEORGE BUSH DIE

Posted by Anti Bush Mick September 4, 08 05:57 AM
435.

Thats good what russian did is not even just few of wat the amaricans doing now in Iraq and what the Georgian done in Ossetia; so amaricans should see what they are doing before they look what the others is doing.

Posted by Anonymous September 4, 08 03:15 PM
436.

Dear All, once again, I would like to remind you: around 1 700 civilians were killed during the massacre performed by Georgian troops. Ordinary people in Georgia, Ukraine and Russia live quite friendly. I am Russian and I have relatives in Ukraine and I used to go to Georgia for rest and we have good friends there. BUT: IT IS A REAL TERROR WHICH IS DONE NOW IN GEORGIA. Civilians are afraid of Saakachvili and have no chance to speak the truth. And you are saying it is a democracy? Killing opposite parties representatives, no meetings allowed and you call it by democracy? And what is happening now in Ukraine? We have come over the 2nd wolrd war together, we are nearest neigbors. What is Uzhenko doing now? It is a chaos now in Ukraine and law is absent in the country at all. Ordinary people are crying that this is the country without law. Does American government care for ordinary people in Georgia and Ukraine? No. Does American government care for the killed people i South Ossetia? No. They call the whole nation as separatists and kill ordinary people in the streets. I am proud of Putin and Medvedev to protect the ordinary people and save more lives. If needed all the nations from the former USSR will get together to protect the lives of their neigbors with guns if American or Georgian government decides to attack peaceful civilians. I know the people of business in US, I used to work with them, they do not want to fight and to kill civilians but the US government want to dominate not only with US dollar but also with US weaponry. But they forget one thing: Russia and China will never allow them to kill their neigbors and friends. Otherwise, there will be the 3rd world war and the whole world will dissappear - US, Russia, China, anything.

AMERICANS SHOULD ALSO THINK OF THE WORLD THREATS SUCH TERRORISM, NUCLEAR WEAPONS ACCELIRATION AND TO FIGHT WITH RUSSIA AGAINST IT. DEAR AMERICANS, LOOK A BIG PICTURE ABOUT THE CURRENT EVENTS. JUST THINK ABOUT ORDINARY PEOPLE WHICH WERE KILLED AND THEIR RELATIVES ARE CRYING HARD BECAUSE THEIR LIVES CAN NOT BE RESTORED. I AM FOREVER WITH ASSETIA UNTIL I DIE AND i WILL ALWAYS PROTECT THE LIVE OF ANY PEOPLE AND IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU ARE AMERICAN, RUSSIAN OR AFRICAN. YOU ARE HUMAN AND YOU SHOULD VALUE OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES.

DEAR UKRAINIANS AND GEORGIANS, WE ARE REALLY SORRY FOR THE SITUATION YOU FACE NOW FOR THE WEAK COUNTRY LEADERS YOU HAVE NOW FOR THE POVERTY YOU HAVE NOW AND WE REALLY WISH EACH OF YOU HAVE PEACE AND HAPPINESS IN YOU FAMILIES. RUSSIANS ARE ALWAYS TOGETHER WITH YOU NO MATTER WHO IS PRESIDING YOU COUNTRIES.

Posted by Nick September 4, 08 03:38 PM
437.

Georgian troops have slaughtered more than a thousand civilians in Tskhinvalie - SO capital - and brutally killed 12 peace keepers before Russia decided to sent its military force seeking to contain the conflict. The conflict is a pure Georgian provocation. Why should the US back up that crook Mr Sakashvili - Georgian president? Let him face tribunal for what he has done with his people....
What the US isn't saying is the truth and that is the Georgia bombed not only civilian russina men but also the women and children living in this town...only this photos have been taken shwoing that Georgia ia using U.S. merchendise..if you get my drift

Posted by Some Girl September 4, 08 05:27 PM
438.

To all. Please realize that the whole of this is now, one month later, clearly gone from the world (I am an American who surfs the European news site) media and the little girl, what is her life like? Does she really think she is a 'Georgian'? A 'Russian'?, etc? I understand that there is a lot of ego thumping (much like gang warfare in our american cities), but who is responsible for making sure that we take care of that little girl? Where is Thomas Jefferson and those who looked beyond the petty bullshit that does not matter. That little girl could be my niece, and now, because some ego maniac (read Putin or Sakashvili) thinks that his ideals are worth more than her life. The world should be as embarrassed by them as they claim to be by our president. When is the world going to realize that we all have to get along, not agree, just get along, and realize that we are all humans?

Posted by Jacarch September 4, 08 08:48 PM
439.

Georgian troops have slaughtered more than a thousand civilians in Tskhinvalie - SO capital - and brutally killed 12 peace keepers before Russia decided to sent its military force seeking to contain the conflict.

Posted by joe September 5, 08 03:35 AM
440.

Human Rights Watch: Russia inflating casualty figuresTom Parfitt in Vladikavkaz The Guardian, Thursday August 14 2008 Article historyDeliberate attempts by the Russian government to exaggerate the number of people killed in the South Ossetia conflict are provoking revenge attacks on Georgian villagers in the republic, a human rights group claimed yesterday.

Anna Neistat of Human Rights Watch, who is leading a team investigating the damage in South Ossetia, told the Guardian that Russian estimates of 2,000 dead were "suspicious".

"Our findings so far do not in any way confirm the Russian statistics." she said. "On the contrary, they suggest the numbers are exaggerated."

Neistat said that HRW investigators had on Tuesday and Wednesday recorded cases of Ossetian fighters burning and looting Georgian villages north of the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali.

"The torching of houses in these villages is in some ways a result of the massive Russia propaganda machine which constantly repeats claims of genocide and exaggerates the casualties," she said. "That is then used to justify retribution."

Neistat said doctors at Tskhinvali hospital gave figures that 273 wounded had been treated there and 44 dead had been brought to the hospital. "By day five of a conflict one expects that there is some kind of list of the dead and injured. But here there is no information. Nothing

Posted by Rezo September 6, 08 11:35 AM
441.

On 17 August HRW appealed to Russian authorities to "immediately take steps to end Ossetian militia attacks on ethnic Georgians" in the Gori district of Georgia and for the Russian military to ensure safe passage for civilians wishing to leave the region and for humanitarian aid agencies to enter. The organisation said hundreds of vulnerable civilians still in the area, including many elderly; they said they are afraid to leave after learning about militia attacks on those who fled. The UN, which has described the humanitarian situation in the Russian military-controlled Gori as "desperate," has been able to deliver only limited food supplies to the city.[178]

The looting and burning of Georgian villages in South Ossetia continued long after the ceasefire agreement had been signed. In the end of August it was reported that the Georgian villages Achabetiug, Kekhvi, Tamarasheni, Ksuisi and Eregvi were still under attack of Ossetian looters. It was also reported that according to South Ossetian officials ethnic Georgian civilians in South Ossetia were "detained for their own protection" and bussed to the Georgian side. [222]

The Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs and the OSCE chairman Alexander Stubb twice visited the war-affected area in Georgia and accused the Russian troops of "clearly trying to empty southern Ossetia of Georgians."[223]

On August 27, the French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner accused the Russian troops of "ethnic cleansing, creating a homogeneous South Ossetia."[224]

Posted by Rezo September 6, 08 11:38 AM
442.

Russia need to stop!!!
They are killing way too much innocent people!!!
and the pictures arent even showing everything that is going
on there.... Eventhough Russians signed the PEACE AGREEMENT
they were still bombing Georgia and they still are terorizing and
killing alot of innocent people.... and world needs to see who russians really are!!!
all they want is to take over georgia!!! they dont care about how many innocent
people will die in process!!!

Posted by tata September 6, 08 12:13 PM
443.

1. Why Russian attacked the Georgian army?
The answer if given by picture 13th (from the top) in this page of boston.com. In the image rockets are launched by the artillery of Georgian Army (lately assited by the US) against the civil population near Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. After few hours of such attack any presence of human life would be destroyed there.
Ironically, Georgian authorities say now to the World that they "love" Ossetia because it is part of their territory and they want to see it under Georgian control.

According to agreements of the 90's, there were Russian and Georgian peacekeeping forces deployed in South Ossetia per years. The 7th of August Saakhasvilli commanded the Georgian army to attack Ossetians and Russians. The mandate of the peacekeeping forces it was to do namely what the Russians have done, and now the bleeding has been stopped. Saakashvili thought that his adventure could get western military support and openly called every country to join his war against Ossethians and Russians, but he miscalculated the situation. The Georgian president would be completely mad if he thought to be able to defeat the Russian army.

Some body has writen here that Georgians did not kill Russian peacekeepers. In the following everybody can see the funeral of one of them:
link

One report showing the real situation before the conflict escalated: here.

Last question:
What would do the US if at least 15 of their peace keepers are killed in any point of the World?

Posted by Gabe September 6, 08 08:10 PM
444.

I'm a canadian,and in this world we will never have piece in this world as long as the usa has anything to do with it.And it seems no1 cares about this.what the usa does is just sell arms to different countries,and then make the countries go to war with each other then they are happy. To the usa georgia can kill innocent people when they sleep in their homes and then when a powerfull country like russia goes and helps they get blamed for it.we as canadians live in a free country but the way things are i think i rather live in russia because they are more with piece then usa and dont go around starting wars then putting the blame on some1 alse. my hands are together for russia and it was a realy good job they did.

Posted by terrencejj September 7, 08 11:22 PM
445.

I HATE RUSSIA, MOST I HATE V. PUTIN.


I BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA WILL PAY THE PRICE OF WHAT SHE DO !!!


KILL PUTIN, SAVE THE WORLD

Posted by shmk September 8, 08 05:43 AM
446.

Here is again the Russia from old times.

It's a CRIME what they are doing in Georgia, it's just a coverd invasion.

Russia really deserves to be punished.

It won't mean nothing, but the spanish public opinion is against Russia, against those killers, and in the future, we won't forget the "Russia's way"

Posted by Pablo September 8, 08 10:53 AM
447.

I think the world (especially the United States) is currently acting on double standard. Remember East Timor was encouraged to be separated from Indonesia while at the same time East Timor reside within the same island as the West Timor which remain as part of Indonesia.
At the same time, I personally believe that the people of South Ossetia has the right for referendum as was the people of East Timor.
Until then, it is not right to say whether South Ossetia belong to Georgia.

Posted by Alex September 9, 08 06:06 AM
448.

Wow.. some good photos taken. Capturing the emotions, and details of expression you can almost feel you are there
Deep photography..

Posted by Passion08 September 9, 08 06:20 AM
449.

GEORGIANS - Mr Stalin ( real name - Djugashvili) and Mr. Beria!!!!! Saakashivili is the same! - YES, exactly!
People, please! Stop saying angry things about certain countries and their citizens - people unfortunately are now in the middle of this mess. It is Saakashivili who needs to stop and pay for what he's done.

Posted by Angry reader September 9, 08 07:12 PM
450.

JEBAC RUSKICH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Kacper September 10, 08 06:32 PM
451.

Russia is sick with xenophobia and bigotry and that’s why Russian politics is based on extreme forms of chauvinism and aggression. The Russians started attacking Georgian civilian villages in the beginning of August together with South Ossetian terrorists. President Mikheil Saakashvili did what any other good leader would have done: protect his people and territorial integrity of his country. As always the Russian aggression backfired at Russians and so far, Russia politically is losing this war.

Recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia? Give me a break. The Russians kicked out more than 300,000 Georgian residents over past 18 years, burnt their homes and now they want to declare these Georgian provinces as independent? Let the Georgian population return and conduct a referendum, I am sure the vast majority of residents will have different priorities.

The Russians have only shown Georgia aggression, wars, ethnic cleansing for more than 200 years. This is the reason we are trying and we will obviously join NATO. Russia never wanted peace with Georgia, the Russians always wanted piece of Georgia. But, we will not surrender. We have been fighting wars since the existence of our nation, against Mongols, Persians, Arabs, Turk-Seljuks and Russians won’t enslave us.

We will not give up our freedom, liberties or land. So I would suggest Mr. Putin and Mr. Medvedev that you respect our freedom and if you are truly concerned with small ethnic minorities’ self-determination, then recognize the freedom of all ethnicities that you are controlling with fear and terror, recognize the freedom and independence of Chechnya, Ingushetia, Daghestan, Tatarstand and all the other autonomous republics within the Russian Federation, where local residents do not even speak Russian and despise the Russian government.

Then lets talk about status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia…

Posted by David Dzidzikashvili September 15, 08 09:48 AM
452.

Russia f*ck of from the whole territory of Georgia pls!!!! Just go and resolve your internal problems or you economy will collapse during the next months!!! You are not the USA and one of the developed Europe countris. You are just a big Putin sh*t who thinks that he do everything!!! Maybe you can defeat Georgians but you can't defeat the one world!!

Posted by alponsia September 17, 08 12:53 PM
453.

i'm georgian.plizz don't kill us.we are peacefull people.osetia is our place.go home russians.GO HOME

Posted by ani September 19, 08 10:39 AM
454.

i doh't like gruzia

Posted by elena verduyn September 21, 08 07:09 PM
455.

Saakashvili must die.

Posted by w September 23, 08 08:00 AM
456.

This war has caused proablems for all people all solders are gettin killed when they can settle thing any many different way they you tell your children you that all the time an here you guys fight an kill children an teenagers that have not seen the light of day when solders get home from killing it drives them ensane an they go crazy they start doing drugs an stuff an we dont want any of this we need these wars to COME TO A STOP PLEASE

Posted by tiffany September 23, 08 07:37 PM
457.

My fellow americans, please remember that we did the same move over Mexico in 1847, "helping" our defenseless and "independent" Texas friend (full of americans by the way). Now Texas is part of US, and California, and New Mexico, and Arizona, and Utah...

Posted by eo September 27, 08 05:01 AM
458.

Stopping Russia.Right. It is like stopping China or US. You cannot stop a nuclear state. What a naive way of thinking. Bravo. Russia is as "Evil" as US and both are the lesser evils than China. Very sad that there is not a single nuclear state that is being 'nice' or even close to it. Perhaps the French for the last few years (remember Algeria ?). You want war to be stopped ? Then get out to the streets. Governments (and politicians) react ONLY when their own ass is at stake. Remind those who you have elected to rule you that the power comes from the voters and as it can be given it can be taken by them. But of course going out to the street will require will, desire, will be kind of inconvenient... yet it is the only way you can peacefully say "YES TO PEACE" (I'm being positive rather negative here, so no "anti-war", just forza-peace) and be heard.

Posted by lackofiq September 28, 08 01:27 PM
459.

I am georgian too. but I don't hate russia.I HATE PUTIN AND I HATE SAAKASHVILI TOO.WE DON'T WANT WAR.

Posted by nana 1990 October 1, 08 02:57 AM
460.

THAT WASNT FUNNY

Posted by RANDY SMITH October 1, 08 12:22 PM
461.

It's a pity how quickly the world seems to be ending.
I'm counting the days until World War III
Peace to the world?

Posted by Alliane October 6, 08 10:18 AM
462.

why do we need a wor?? we should live togher happy, i am from that part pf Osetia in northeast slocer to the wor. i hope that the wor will finish that terrible problems.

Posted by tatiana October 13, 08 10:16 AM
463.

Russia good Georgia bed .Ðîñèÿ çðîáèëà ïðàâèëüíî ùî âåëà âîéñêà

Posted by ann October 18, 08 04:38 AM
464.

Alan
Abkhazia and South Ossetia have ALWAYS been parts Georgia, either you don't know it, or you are just trying to deliberately deceive people. By the way the name "South Ossetia" has been invented by Russians, historically, for centuries, this region has been called Samachablo - that is the Georgian name.
I don't give a s**t to what the state propaganda is saying either in Georgia or in Russia, please, try to resist to it. Don't believe what Vesti and ORT are saying do not let them bulls**t you. Most of Russians are victims of state propaganda. Just think about it for a second – as a result of massive brainwashing campaign, one day the whole population of Russia weaks up and finds out that these cruel Georgians started a war against a little “South Ossetian” nation, which, by the way happened to be Russian nationals. And all of a sudden it turned out that majority of Russian population sympathises and loves Ossetian people. I am not telling anything bad abouth Ossetians, I have plenty of friends of that ethnic background, I’m just trying to illustrate that this sympathy of Russians towards Ossetians was not natural and sincere, but rather a result of brainwashing. I used to live in Russia for plenty of years and I know from my personal experience what was their real attitude towards Caucasians !!!! We were “Chernozhopie” for Russians and they hated us. And when I say “we” I mean all Caucasian ethnicities; Russians cannot simply differentiate between the representatives of any Caucasian nations. And, now, all of a sudden, it turns out that they not only differentiate Ossetians, but love them and extremely care for them, although majority of them do not even know where Ossetia is situated.
Once again, I am not in any way insulting Ossetian people, I am just trying to show, that Russians really don’t care and that they are victims of their state propaganda.
And this is very propaganda, which makes Russian population blind to any information which is not in line with what the RTR is saying…
I won’t say anything about the versions on how the war has broke out and who is to blame. It is a very long and complicated story… But I was there in Georgia when the war started and I know what I saw…
I do not believe what the Georgian propaganda is saying. And I call on you not to believe what Russian propaganda is saying, at least blindly. Trust your own intellect and analyze yourself – there is a plenty of info around, which are more or less unbiased and you can draw your own conclusions.
Please, just ask yourself, some questions - who is better off after the war?
Who was interested in eruption of hostilities?
There is a lot more to say.. bit I will stop now.
And please, do not let anyone manipulate your emotions and perceptions!

Posted by George October 19, 08 04:05 PM
465.

I would say one thing. Russia and S. Ossetia did not create this problem. USA oil hunger and Georgian militaristic ruler created this. S. Ossetia deserves to be independent as they have requested for 20 years. Russia deserves a pat on the back. USA should think before creating another Bin Laden or Saddam...

Posted by Akhsar Kharebov, Los Angeles, USA October 20, 08 01:25 PM
466.

Just so you all know, typing in capitals doesn't make your words any more effective. If anything it makes people not want to read what you wrote.

Thanks.

Posted by Lewis Johnson October 22, 08 04:29 AM
467.

Viva Georgia!!

Posted by Asa October 26, 08 02:15 AM
468.

The facts talk about themselves, of course Russians started this dirty propaganda of pictures being fake, it's easier for citizens of Russia to represent their country as just a peacekeper, or protector of small nations like Oseetian, rather than admitting that what their country has done is brutal and wrong. I am most definately sorry for all the Ossetians who died in the war as well as georgians, but don't see reson to be sorry for Russians, maybe it sounds to cruel but after what i have seen as a georgian i can't be sorry for them! it's very easy to say that pictures are fake, when some people are making comments from their warm rooms, but it is far harder when you see everything burned houses, dead soldiers, and civilians who were killed while bombardment of Gori, and what makes me really sick is Russians attitude towards the people who had to face such things, they just call the woman in the picture who has lost her son while biombardments, they call her an actor. Tthat makes me sick,I really wish that all these photos were fake, i wish with all my heart that Gori and other cities, like Senaki, Poti, have not been bombarded at all, but reality is quite different and only people to blaem in this are Russians, they use our peoplef for their imperilistic aims!

Posted by Sophie November 8, 08 03:45 AM
469.

Just read an article:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/07/europe/07georgia.php
Georgians! The truth would have to come to light, eventually, and it did. And stop wailing like the innocent victim of the "big and cruel aggressor". Soon, you will find out that no even a single person in the world is left who believes your words...your creditworthiness has expired!

Posted by Didi November 10, 08 06:44 AM
470.

STOP USA, STOP GEORGIA

Posted by Lobochok November 19, 08 02:48 PM
471.

(My English very bad)
U see that your goverment want you see. This is Georgia attaked us 07/08/08. IT is THEY ARE KILLERS., MARAUDERS, ROBBERS! A lot of this fotos - about our sufferings, but not georgians!!!! They are punked up YOU!!! Many their "The martyr" (sorry of my English) fotos and videos are fiction, actor's game and impious lie. They killed all christian, jewish and armenian clerics. They passed the tank on the pregnant woman, shot on refugees. I have video of the proof to it. And my friends in Georgia said that there was no marauding and murder of civilians by russians. This is lie and you trust in it as children. Talk to inhabitants southern osetia - they to you will tell all!

Posted by U are not know the truth November 19, 08 05:47 PM
472.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Georgia_(country)
Look At this ! Osetia and Abkhazia Was, IS and WILL always be part of gerogia .
lear History and don't listen for PUTIN, MEDveDeV, BUSH, saakashvili.
PEace For All.

Posted by Human December 1, 08 02:08 PM
473.

War was planned in Moscow- it is sated by independent Russians sources on various occasions. The “kavkaz- 2008” Russian military training in Northern Caucasus near the Georgian border when Russian soldiers received brichures “znai svoego vraga” [know you enemy] was the prelude. It ended on Aug. 2, when S Ossetiana dminstration started evacuation of civilian Ossetians from Tskhinvali and the villages. Since Aug. 5, Ossetian militia started shelling of Goergian villages in S Ossetia from weapons prohibited by the peace agreement. To be fair, Saakashvili did call upon Ossetian to ceasse-fire twice, we all watched that. Tbilisi sent its minister of reintegration to Tskhinvali to meet Ossetian administration and Rusian peacekkeprs. Before that would work- Ossetians would stop fire, Georginas would count dead villagers, Russian peacekeepers would promise to investigate, and although nobody would be found at least the fire was ceased. On Aug. 7-before saakashvili ordered his troops into S Ossetia- unlike before no one showed up to meet Georgina ministser and talk about peace. The reason is that peace wasn’t part of the provocation planned in Moscow. War was inevitable, unless Tbilisi would leave its Georgian citizens- civilian citizens that is- in S Ossetia under fire and pay with their lives for possible peace. Actions of Tbilisi in this case seem to be what any other country would do in order to protect its citizens on its sovereign territory without a hesitation. If Russia claims it can invade other countries to protect its citizens why Georgians should not have right to defend their citizens under fire on their own sovereign internationally recognized territory.

Posted by jacob December 13, 08 11:46 PM
474.

Ukraine and Georgia both failed to become NATO members earlier in 2008 , but were encourage by promises which were heard in Moscow as well. Moscow has warned repeatedly and openly that is would prevent NATO expansion into Caucasus and Ukraine “by any means necessary”. And, before Ukraine and Georgia had another chance with NATO, Russia simply chose a weaker enemy and hit it in best traditions of Soviet politics. War was inevitable if not in S Ossetia in Abkhazia anyway.

Tbilisi did not start the war first. Developments during the war showed it was unprepared and was trying desperately and chaotically fight back.
In a big picture, it was Russia’s proxy-war against NATO. It is not for nothing, that a Russian bomb that fell but failed to explode in Tbilisi read (in russian); “eto vam za nato, eto vam za ameriku” [take this for NATO, take this for America].

Posted by nick December 13, 08 11:50 PM
475.

putin just go to your f*cking russia. russia is killing thousands of innocents/ stop stop sto russiaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by lasha December 20, 08 06:51 AM
476.

I have not read all the comments, but I reed a lot of.
my relatives living there, freiends, my father's brother, all the relatives on my father line live there. (sorry for my bad english)
Georgia had no right to attack the SO. i'll never wont foreget that days, when my ill grendmother can't pass down to the cellar because she had pain in her legs... it was terrible, it was nonsence! I heve nothing against Georgian people. but i'll never promise and never forgot this pain and terrible that Georgian soldiers and goverment brings to this people!!! if I only could if it was bea chance, without any regret, i hang up on the trees all the "goverment" of the Georgia, all that 'soldiers' (it's hard to call them so, because if they kill simple people, they are no hu,an any more!).
ofcourse it's only my own mind, some one had else....
but I asked, i wanna to skreem around the world. PEOPLE OF THE EARTH can't you see the truth????
can you?
lern the wiki materials at least. watch other channels beside your local! open ypur eyes!!!!
p.s.
once more sory for my english. i hope almost can understand what i'm talkin about.
i shame country in what i live now.... ((( i hate my goverment
====
david. Ukraine.Kharkov.

Posted by David December 24, 08 10:47 AM
477.

Rusebis deda motyan me rusebo gajvit chevni adgilidan me tqveni deda movtyan fuck russia

Posted by rusebis mtyvneli December 25, 08 08:34 PM
478.

Russia is devil's country, putin and medvedev are also devil,s sons, f*ck you putin and medvedev, when you will die, you will go in your place, you know were, i hate russia.Russia will destroyed soon.

Posted by geogian December 28, 08 05:07 AM
479.

notice =) how is long comments of Rassia haters, so argumented, so impressive )))

Posted by noone January 15, 09 02:02 PM
480.

The Russians start all wars in the Cacuses. They starded war In Abhaziua and Ossetia in 1991. Now they want to lie to the world and pretend that Georgia was the one who started the hostile actions. Not true! Georgia sent in troops to regain control over it's world recognized territory. Russians Lie, Putin lies. Putin will be judged by history as Hitler! Russians are nazi. They started killing Georgians in 1991, and never stopped. They want to Punish Georgia for protesting against, and bringing down the Soviet Union. If they thing that Georgia will ever join in an alliance with their Evil totalitarian Russian Federations, they are dead wrong. Will will always stuggle and fight for Freedom.

Posted by Dimitri January 18, 09 04:55 AM
481.

Dimitri (and some others)

You really seem to be an ass-h*le.

You understand nothing in what's going on, but still
give your f*cked up "overview" upon the case.

Shut the f*ck up and let the professionals to discuss
everything properly.

Mo

Posted by Geor Al-Alani January 23, 09 08:07 AM
482.

Soon american navy will be there and i want to see how strong really russians are? or they are going to run like they did in pristina. Anyway russians they start big war in this region in 1991 and it was all this time there , 1990 karabakh, 1991 samachablo(south osetia), 1992 abkhazia,1992 ingushetia, 1994 chechnya, 1998 abkhazia, 1999 chechnya, 2001 abkhazia, 2004 samachablo(south osetia) same year osetia in russia(beslan) 2006 ingushetia and now again 2008 samachablo so called south osetia. Only one power in this region can produce so many wars and conflicts, financing, weapons, human recurses all comes from russia. I hope this time it will be last for russia and free world not going to forgive this genocide of all caucasian people. Russians like to say Georgia is nice but without georgians. Now think yourself !!!

Posted by Peace Soldier January 27, 09 09:56 AM
483.

It hopeless, trying to prove something to people, who don't feel this actions on selvs....
I now that conflict is more then 15 years was, and now it is. I now that my relatives, my brothers suffering from georgian militarians, ofcourse Russia is an "enemy", because America wont to chalange with it, and she will take every opputunaty to do something bad to rassia or some thing like that. But thank God, my grandmother still alive, thank God, thank to that brave boys who stood to the end, to defend their city, their native land, and a big thank to Russian people, whole people support Osetians, thank to 58 army. war is horror. I'm very sory about that incedent,sory about people who don't want undestand and finaly don't understand what happinng in the world.
i wish, i hope, there was no war. BUT sex, money, nation conflicts, will not live our planet in peace....
p.s. sory for my english. once again I don't hate hole Georgian people. But I can't forgive all this terrible to Georgian, American, Ukrainian e. t. c. goverment!!!!!!
====
david. Ukraine.Kharkov.

Posted by david January 28, 09 04:50 AM
484.

Powerful photos of the reality of war. Well done on the technical side as well. Putin and Saakashvili are two evil men who want to tear apart brotherly peoples for their own personal gains sad. I must say I support the Russian side simply because they were defending the weak and responding to an attack- not bombarding some oppressed people with rocket systems. I do not like the war, however. After only a few days of fighting, so many sad and effective pictures. It is quite depressing, though, that after YEARS and YEARS of fighting in Iraq, i've seen few to no photos on major US websites of an Iraqi mother crying over her dead child after it was killed in American attacks, And that picture of the crying Georgian mother probably didn't show up in any o Russian news sources, that is certain.

Posted by vumpsh February 13, 09 03:23 AM
485.

WOW! These comments here are really supprising. I didn't know anything about South Ossetia and the genocide going on until about a weak ago. I am so shocked at what is happening, and regardless of who started it, it needs to stop. Innocent people are being killed. If you don't realize that, then your a moron. They need to stop this horrible thing.

Posted by Amazed March 22, 09 06:29 PM
486.

Very nice site!

Posted by John830 March 23, 09 06:08 PM
487.

387 and 482 are the same. There are not Big Brother in USA and WWW after that, is it not? I am Russian, and I realy knew brainwashing in USSR. Now brainwashing exist only in USA, EU and in North Korean. You are believing things that you wants to believe. We have enough in Russian. Don`t forget who won in Second war and remember our old law: Who come to us with sword will die by this sword, but who come with goodness will be wellcome. It was said 770 years ago. How old is US navy?

Posted by Andrey March 25, 09 07:53 PM
488.

Ãðóçèíû âû êîçëû

Posted by Anonymous March 27, 09 06:54 AM
489.

The USA increased military potential of Georgia. It is the fact, the American government it confirms. On August, 7th at 23:55 the Georgian artillery has struck blow to South Ossetia. Then the infantry, tanks, aircraft has gone to fight. Georgia would destroy the Ossetin if not Russia. You did not see persons of people, you saw all that that transferred your television channels under the pressure of your governments. And I there was and was at war.

Posted by Russian Soldier March 31, 09 12:08 AM
490.

Bush is CONDOM, GNIDA and PIDOR.
Our amerika KIRDYK soon.

Posted by SHU April 1, 09 01:59 AM
491.

GEORGIANS GO HOME the South Ossetians dont want you here they tired to get independence from you but you wouldn't let them and now they are just defending their land... Russians contrary to most other times are actually doing the right thing this time.

Posted by Daniel April 7, 09 06:29 AM
492.

what kind of "big picture" is that! why do i see the the same photos of Gori all over and over again? Show people the truth! show South Osetian Tskhinvali, the city which lies in ruins since Georgia invaded it on 8. August!

Posted by Karina April 10, 09 03:54 AM
493.

you guys need to learn how to spell... Russia is using Soviet force in its attacks on Georgia. Even my russian friends say russia has gone too far.

if russia withdraws and georgia gives South Ossetia to the people it belongs to the world will be back to some state of happiness

Posted by US Marine April 22, 09 10:22 PM
494.

DANIEL

this land is georgian for almost 3000 years and now it became ossetian in one year??? don't say thing you don't know

Posted by Sandrokrg May 4, 09 01:19 PM
495.

Ossetian in one year? not strictly true, they've been there for quite some centuries now. It's only regarded as Ossetian land by Russia, so by saying that your recognising it as well, make your mind up mate.

Posted by Luc May 9, 09 12:14 PM
496.

I am from Ukraine and want to say that USA cheats the world and helps Georgian information war machine. It’s very sad to see that country (USA) which called itself as democratic helps rampant Georgian nationalists.
I know that Ukraine as a satellite of USA helps Georgians too. but Ossetians You should know that many people pray for peaceful life on your homeland.
..

Posted by Iordan May 11, 09 07:15 AM
497.

Let their be PEACE on EARTH....

Posted by scarletwitch101 May 16, 09 10:53 PM
498.

nice

Posted by batista May 24, 09 01:59 AM
499.

THE WORLD HAS TO STOP RUSSIA!!!

Posted by Anty Rus May 30, 09 04:40 PM
500.

so tell me who is wrong here most of all ...russia , georgia or usa ?

Posted by retro May 31, 09 10:17 AM
501.

screw all of you that are on russian side. why on earth would a small country like georgia would ever want to start a war with russia. we all know there is no way of overpowering the red army, it is just unimaginable. The only thing russia was ever good at was taking home lands away from people by force and bombing sites. Georgia was once a decent size country. we are probably the nicest people you will ever meet. There is so much love and hospitality in our country that truly brings everyone together. We only have about 5 million people left in our pea sized country, what else do you russians want, you guys have everything, power, money and all the land you will ever need.

Posted by beno tsintsadze June 28, 09 05:45 PM
502.

Most of georgians who live in Georgia-are f*ing nationalists, unlike those who live in Russia! It's fact!
To beno: of course you didn't want to fight with Russia, you wanted to slay South Ossetians civillians! It's fact!

Posted by North Ossetian August 13, 09 09:44 AM
503.

complete shashlyk-mashlyk

Posted by comrad saakov August 22, 09 02:41 AM
504.

All this Republics have their own presidents, own national flag, own parliaments, hymn and all other things that an independent state needs. These republics are not Russian linguistically, they have their own culture, traditions and religion.

Full independence for Russian colonies:

The Adygea Republic
The Tatarstan Republic
The Chechnya Republic
The Dagestan Republic
The North Ossetia
The Bashkortostan Republic
The Karelia Republic
The Altai Republic
The Kabardino-Balkaria
The Buryatia Republic
The Chuvash Rebublic
The Ingushetia Republic
The Kalmykia Republic
The Karachayevo-Circassian Republic
The Khakasia Republic
The Komi Republic
The Mari Republic
The Mordovian Republic
The Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
The Tyva Republic
The Udmurtia Republic


THEY DREAM ABOUT IT EVERY DAY.

It is only Putin's bloody regime, that does not tolerate freedom
of speech, makes them afraid to speak about this.
These republics are in fact independent, they are not
Russians and never want to be. Chechnya for example has
already issued a declaration of independence, that is one
step away recognition. How cynical can you be to demand
independence for regions in Georgia and not to allow this
for republics in Russia.

Posted by John Smiths August 23, 09 07:28 AM
505.

I don't know about the rest of yall, but Georgia attacked first, so Russia was justified in what it did. I personally think they waere glad to finally get to fight someone. I'm American, but I respect the Russians, they kick butt. To any Russians listening, I hope I don't have to fight any of yall when I'm in the Marines,(but I would still win). :)

Posted by Daniel September 8, 09 10:11 PM
506.

I Am American, My Grandfather from the Ukraine, My wife from Ireland. The whole world is full of evil leaders wanting to kill others for global domination. They don't even know they are the tools of the devil. Read your Bible to see the final outcome. Beware Globalists and Global agenda's they are all designed to subject common people to slavery and subservience. Fathers , Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, refuse to harm your neighbors no matter what color or language they speak!!!!!!! May God bless your loving efforts!!

Posted by Michael Rozumny September 17, 09 09:53 AM
507.

Georgia is the most dangerous flashpoint in Russia's tense relations with the West. The Bible says: "At the appointed time [the king of the north = Russia] will return [will regain the influence, which it lost after the break-up of the Soviet Union] and come into the south [many indicate that this might be Georgia], but it will not be as the former [1921] or as the latter [2008]. For shall come against him the dwellers of coastlands of Kittim [the West], and he will be humbled, and will return." (Daniel 11:29,30a)

At that time, peace will be taken from the earth and the "great sword" - nuclear sword - will be used. (Revelation 6:4) However, it will be neither the great tribulation nor "the end of the world" (Armageddon). As Jesus foretold, that will be "the beginning of birth pains". (Mathew 24:7,8)

If the Heavens planned a full return of Russia (and much suggests this) the present economic crisis will deepen. Then also the European Union and NATO will not stand.

Posted by Ewiak Ryszard October 1, 09 09:01 AM
508.

Viva Russia

Posted by Tom Jones October 1, 09 09:47 AM
509.

On August, 7th for 15 minutes till midnight the Georgian army has begun operation "Open country", the purpose – capital of South Ossetia Tshinval. 400 trunks of the Georgian battalion "Gradov" in hectares transformed a sleeping city into an open country.

The artillery touch on a city has stopped by the morning on August, 8th. A unique western television channel which has shown a bombardment picture, became "SkyNews". So the world has learnt that this night Russia has attacked Georgia. The announcer's text behind a shot narrated that the Georgian villages have undergone to bombardment from outside the Russian military men. About a burning city, about hundreds victims among peace the Ossetin – anything.

The shots which have been removed on a mobile phone by the Georgian soldier. That this marksman felt, sending bullets of large calibre to windows of apartment houses, we already never learn - it already to anybody and will tell nothing. But on what apartments it scorched, that who has lost relatives, is what to tell.

Information from site: "www.1tv.ru/documentary/fi=6099"

Sorry for my english. I'm Latvian and many know that Latvians don't like Russians. but I believe that Georgia start the war...

Posted by Andrejs October 22, 09 07:55 PM
510.

Georgia started the war, but Russia provoked it and only made it bloodier. Gerorgian Army DID bomb civilians in Tshkinvali, but so did russians in Gori and elsewhere in uncontested Georgia.

Russian actions are hypocritical. Why do South Ossetians and Abkhazians deserve indepencence more than Chechenyans or other nations that are being repressed by Russia? Why were Russians fighting for South Ossetians, while murdering Chechenyans?

Posted by Someone November 24, 09 03:14 PM
511.

poor georgian, foolish saakinshwilly
this demon still alive
still

Posted by Dmitry July 9, 10 08:04 PM
512.

gaumarjos saqartvelos

Posted by giorgits August 3, 10 02:45 PM
513.

eorgia started the war, but Russia provoked it and only made it bloodier. Gerorgian Army DID bomb civilians in Tshkinvali, but so did russians in Gori and elsewhere in uncontested Georgia.

Russian actions are hypocritical. Why do South Ossetians and Abkhazians deserve indepencence more than Chechenyans or other nations that are being repressed by Russia? Why were Russians fighting for South Ossetians, while murdering Chechenyans?


Excuse, my English very bad.

Posted by Anny August 12, 10 08:13 AM
514.

f*ck Georgia, f*ck Saakashvili, f*ck lie!!!
I'm Russian, live on Caucasus in Pyatigorsk, and so at us for anybody not a secret, that Georgia prepared for an attack on southern Osetia for a long time, and with preparation helped the USA + the USA completely sponsored the Georgian armed forces. People, open at last eyes! What aggression from the party Russia, you about what??? And a genocide of the Osset people??? And massacre of peace inhabitants??? Really, there is such impression, that in the West there live people of small mind!!!

Posted by Nikolay October 15, 10 08:17 AM
515.

It was an irresponsable movement of Mr. Saakashvili to attack South Osetia, maybe instigated by israeli militar advisers and by his own political unrealistic goals. This war make it impossible any further approach between Georgia, Europe and NATO. That was probably the contrary effect that the Georgian President searches. Really he thought that Russia will not react and that Moscow would allow the reunification of Georgia without taking in consideration Russian interests and without giving guarantees of Security for his southern border in the Caucasus? I published an article in Spanish press and in my blog with more details in Spanish: http://antonioromea.blogspot.com/2010/08/guerra-rusia-georgia-2008-abc.html

Posted by antonio romea January 4, 11 05:50 PM
516.

ME MIYVARS CHEMI SAMSHOBLO. CHEMS SAQARTVELOSHI ARI ADGILI SADAC DAVIBADE . DA XMERTS VEXVECEBI IM ADGILAS DAMABRUNOS. AFXAZIA MI VIRNIOM TIBIA NASHI RIDI; VIVA GEORGIA

Posted by jemal March 29, 11 08:56 PM
517.

i am ryanne and i am almost ten and i live in Texas even though i am not close to the war i still want no war so no kids can get hurt

Posted by ryanne sheppard April 6, 11 12:33 PM
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