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Евросоюз требует немедленно прекратить насилие в Южной Осетии
Евросоюз (ЕС) крайне обеспокоен развитием ситуации в Южной Осетии и призывает все стороны конфликта немедленно прекратить насилие в регионе, передает Reuters со ссылкой на источник в руководстве блока.
RBC, 08.08.2008, Moscow 12:27:53.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is holding an emergency meeting regarding the situation in South Ossetia, the Russian leader's press office reported today. It also announced earlier that Medvedev was receiving full and immediate information on military operations from the South Ossetian conflict zone.
The participants of the meeting are now discussing emergency measures to be taken to settle the Georgian-Ossetian conflict and to protect the peaceful population of South Ossetia, given Russia's peacekeeping mandate in the area, as well as to protect Russian citizens and the country's national interests.
RBC, 08.08.2008, Tbilisi 11:08:51.
Georgian artillery, tanks, and infantry fighting vehicles have attacked a battalion of Russian peacekeepers, Vladimir Ivanov, deputy commander of joint peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia, told RBC today. He noted that he had no information to confirm that any peacekeepers had been killed or injured.
The central part of Tskhinvali is currently under heavy shelling, in which artillery and the Grad multiple-launch rocket systems are being used, Ivanov said. Massive military operations are underway on the southern and south-eastern outskirts of Tskhinvali, according to Ivanov. He also pointed out that five Georgian planes had bombarded South Ossetian positions earlier.
RBC, 08.08.2008, Tskhinvali 11:53:28.
Georgia's Su-25 fighters bombed the humanitarian aid convoy earlier today which was bound from North Ossetia to Tskhinvali, South Ossetia's state information and press committee reported. North Ossetia's President Teimuraz Mamsurov was going with the convoy. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries in the attack. South Ossetia has asked Russia to take urgent steps to protect Russians in the republic and work to stop massive bloodshed.