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Russia Orders End To Military Operations In Georgia; Hope For Damaged Churches

By Stefan J. Bos
8/12/08 MOSCOW/TBLISI (BosNewsLife) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered an end to military operations against Georgia, a day after the United States accussed Moscow of “invading” the country and Christian missionaries expressed concerns about damaged churches.

In a statement the Kremlin said Tuesday, August 12, that Medvedev told officials he had taken the decision to end the operation after restoring security for civilians and peacekeepers in South Ossetia. It was unclear what impact the decision would have on the other region seeking independence, Abkhazia, where Russian troops are also reported to support seperatists.

It came after Unuted States President George W. Bush, in remarks resembling the Cold War, expressed alarm that Russian forces moved beyond the zone of conflict in South Ossetia, attacked the central town of Gori, are threatening the capital Tbilisi, and may soon begin bombing the Tbilisi civilian airport.

“If these reports are accurate, these Russian actions would represent dramatic and brutal escalation of the conflict in Georgia. These actions would be inconsistent with assurances we have received from Russia that its objectives were limited to restoring the status quo in South Ossetia that existed before fighting began on August 6th,” he said.


Bush said Russia’s invasion of a sovereign neighbor and threats to its elected democratic government are unacceptable conduct in the 21st Century. Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili, told repoters that Russia was aiming to overthrow his government.

“The goal of this operation is not only to seize and annex part of Georgian territory, but they clearly said that the goal of this operation is regime- change in Georgia, the change of a democratically elected government of Georgia,” he said. Moscow has denied the charges, but has been highly critical of Georgia’s leadership, and there were no signs of imminent talks.

Christians were also in the cross-fire…. {Go To Full Story]