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Thousands of South Ossetians are trapped in the ruins of a city almost destroyed by Georgian missiles. The remaining residents of Tskhinvali are huddled in cellars beneath bombed-out buildings. They are struggling to survive – without water, food or electricity.
Did mercenaries help Georgia?
The president of South Ossetia claims mercenaries took part in Georgia’s offensive against the breakaway republic, according to Russia’s RIA news agency. Eduard Kokoity says Ukrainians, people from the Baltics as well as nationals from other countries were involved.
Withdrawal of Georgian troops confirmed
Russia’s Defence Ministry has confirmed that Georgian troops have withdrawn from South Ossetia. Spokesman Anatoly Nogovitsyn said peacekeeping forces are once again in control of most of Tskhinvali.