View Full Version : Georgia, Russia 'Very Close' to War Over Breakaway Republic South Ossetia

08-08-2008, 11:06 AM
BREAKING NEWS: Georgia cabinet minster says Georgian troops are in control of capital of South Ossetia, four Russian warplanes shot down; Russian military officials claiming 10 "peacekeepers" killed, 30 wounded in fighting.

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Reuters reports Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov says he is "receiving reports of ethnic cleansing in villages of South Ossetia" as violence escalates Friday in the breakaway province.

Georgian forces have reportedly shot down two Russian combat planes and Russia has sent 150 tanks and armored vehicles into the territory as what started as a regional conflict between Georgia and separatists threatens to build into all-out war.