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Neo-Soviet Attempted Coup Underway at Georgian Military Base

Posted by Admin on May 6, 2009

MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW THIS POSTING SOON…

I also have some resource links listed in my Focus Page: War in Georgia from my coverage of the invasion back in August of 2008.

Georgia is basically at War with Neo-Soviet Russia – dealing with a Neo-Soviet Russian coup at a Military Base.  The officials within the Democratic Nation of Georgia have reported that those involved in the rebellion are following plans made by Neo-Soviet Russians who are also charged with bribery of those involved in what would appear from Georgia’s contentions to be mutinous actions within their military.

Below, please find an article from Reuter’s News service.  It is an excerpt.  The full article can be read by following the link below this article.


Georgia Says Coup Underway at Military Base

Reuters News Service |Tuesday,  5/5/09 | Matt Robinson

Georgia said on Tuesday a Russian-planned coup plot had been uncovered within the military of the former Soviet republic and a rebellion was under way at a military base near the capital.

The Interior Ministry said those involved in the plot had received money from Russia which has criticized NATO military exercises in Georgia due to begin on Wednesday.

“The main aim of this uprising was to disrupt the NATO military exercises,” Defense Minister David Sikharulidze told Reuters. “We are in negotiations with the soldiers at the Mukhrovani base and I hope this uprising will end soon.”

Sikharulidze said the commanders of the military base 19 km (12 miles) from the capital Tbilisi had been dismissed and the soldiers confined to barracks.

The Interior Ministry said one person had been arrested.

“They (the plotters) were receiving money from Russia,” ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told a news conference. “It seems it was coordinated with Russia.”

(This is an excerpt, you can read more at abcnews.go.com …)

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War in Georgia News Links: August 13, 2008

Posted by Admin on August 13, 2008

Following is a Round-up of the latest news coming out of Georgia.

Georgian villages burned and looted as Russian tanks advance
Mood of panic as eyewitnesses say ceasefire being broken by Russian military and ‘irregulars’
by Luke Harding, near Gori, Georgia and James Meikle
The Guardian, August 13, 2008 11:40 BST

“People are fleeing, there is a mood of absolute panic. The idea there is a ceasefire is ridiculous,” Luke Harding, the Guardian’s correspondent, said.

Russia denied any advance, however Georgian authorities claimed that about 50 tanks and armoured vehicles were near the strategically important town of Gori.

Harding, watching villages near Gori burn, said witnesses had told him Russian military, including at least 25 tanks, had moved from the Russian-controlled South Ossetia into the villages.

“They asked villagers to hang white flags or handkerchiefs outside their houses if they did not want to be shot, they say.”

The tanks had passed through the village of Rekha at about 11.20am local time. “Behind them (say eyewitnesses) is a whole column of irregulars who locals say are Chechens, Cossacks and Ossetians.

“Eyewitnesses say they are looting, killing and burning. These irregulars have killed three people and set fire to villages. They have been taking away young boys and girls,” said Harding, watching smoke rise from another village, Karaleti. asdfasdfasd

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RUSSIAN TROOPS TAKE UP POSITION OUTSIDE GEORGIAN CITY
by C. Calcutt (text)/Robert Parsons reports from Tbilisi, 1 pm – GMT +2
(Video available at link)
France24 – August 13, 2008

A day after warring Georgia and Russia agreed to a ceasefire, the conflict in the Caucasus appears far from resolved.

On Wednesday morning, FRANCE 24 reporters saw a column of Russian Special Forces armoured vehicles move into position on a hill above the Georgian city of Gori and install mortars.

“The Russian forces have climbed a hill dominating Gori and are installing mortars as I speak,” FRANCE 24’s Nicolas Ransom reported, adding that he could not confirm whether the mortars were turned toward the city.

According to Ransom, the Russian soldiers, “are waving their arms and smiling but it is not clear what their intentions are.”

Earlier, Georgia’s president Mikheil Saakahvili scorned Russian claims of a ceasefire at a press conference in the Georgian capital Tbilisi, saying that bombing and “the worst kind of marauding” were continuing in Gori. According to Rancom, the city of Gori was deserted and the Red Cross personnel were leaving town.

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RUSSIAN TANKS PATROL GORI IN DEFIANCE OF NICOLAS SARKOZY’S PEACE DEAL
by Damien McElroy, Adrian Blomfield, and Harry de Quetteville
The Telegraph – August 13, 2008

As the EU announced plans to send peacekeeping troops to monitor the ceasefire, Russian troops destroyed an empty Georgian military base in Gori and set up a checkpoint on the road to Tbilisi.

In clear defiance of the spirit of [French President] Sarkozy’s peace deal, Russia appeared to be working to cement a buffer zone for South Ossetia.

A Georgian official claimed that 50 tanks had moved into Gori and South Ossetian snipers were also reportedly in operation in the town.

Georgian troops pulled back from the town of Gori earlier this week and its civilian population has virtually abandoned the streets.

Georgia has also lost its last stronghold in another separatist province, Abkhazia, overnight as its troops withdrew from the Kodori Gorge.

Russian-backed separatist forces took advantage of the Georgian military’s collapse to attack Kodori.

More than 100 Russian military vehicles entered the gorge on Tuesday forcing the Georgian retreat.

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War in Georgia – News Clips for August 12, 2008

Posted by Admin on August 12, 2008

Following are links to various articles and resources with more information about the War over South Ossetia between Russia & Georgia.  More articles will be added throughout the day…

MSM COVERAGE:

Russian President Halts Attacks on Georgia
– Agence France-Presse (AFP) Newswire – Aug. 12, 2008

EXCERPT:
MOSCOW (AFP) – President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday ordered a halt to Russia’s military offensive against Georgia saying it had been punished but could be hit again.

“The aggressor has been punished and suffered significant losses,” Medvedev told defence chiefs at a meeting on the South Ossetia conflict, which Russia says has left at least 2,000 civilians dead.

“I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace.”

Russian troops and tanks poured in to Georgia after the Georgian army launched an offensive last week to bring South Ossetia, the Russian-backed region which broke away in the early 1990s, back under government control.

The United Nations estimated that more than 100,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

“The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” Medvedev added while insisting any new Georgian attacks would be “liquidated.”

A senior Russian military commander General Anatoly Nogovitsyn also said the halt in the Russian advance into Georgia would not stop reconnaissance and other operations.

Georgia, which had offered a ceasefire, said several Georgian villages were bombed after the announcement. Russia’s military angrily denied the claim and said Georgian soldiers were still firing at its troops.

In a show of defiance, 100,000 people crammed onto the main Rustaveli avenue of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where a sea of red and white flags hung above the crowds.

People handed out free T-shirts reading: “We are together, we are united.”

President Mikheil Saakashvili told the crowd that Georgia would quit the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a grouping of former Soviet states, and urged Ukraine to follow suit.

Read the rest of the article

BLOG ROUND-UP:

McCain Steps Up Criticism of Russia
– Blogs @ The Wall Street Journal (WSJ.com) – Aug. 11, 2008
by Amy Chozick

EXCERPT:

“Americans wishing to spend August vacationing with their families or watching the Olympics may wonder why their newspapers and television screens are filled with images of war in the small country of Georgia. Concerns about what occurs there might seem distant and unrelated to the many other interests America has around the world. And yet Russian aggression against Georgia is both a matter of urgent moral and strategic importance to the United States of America,” he said in a statement while campaigning in Erie, Pa.

The Republican candidate who has largely staked his campaign against Barack Obama on national security called for an emergency meeting of G-7 nations to handle the escalating crisis. He also said NATO should convene an emergency meeting to demand a ceasefire. He said NATO should begin discussing deploying an international peacekeeping force to South Ossetia, one of two separatists regions of Georgia that are pro-Russia.

“What the people of Georgia have accomplished – in terms of democratic governance, a Western orientation, and domestic reform – is nothing short of remarkable. That makes Russia’s recent actions against the Georgians all the more alarming. In the face of Russian aggression, the very existence of independent Georgia – and the survival of its democratically elected government – are at stake,” McCain said.

Read the rest of the article at WSJ.com

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Russian President Says Fighting in Georgia is Over, But is It?

Posted by Admin on August 12, 2008

UPDATE: After days of fighting, and after Russia advanced into Georgia proper from two different regions, Russian President Medvedev has called for a halt to the fighting.  Meanwhile, fighting continues, and Russia has promised to eliminate any remaining Georgian Troops in South Ossetia.

[More commentary later as I catch up…  For now just this thought – I don’t trust Russia as far as a cease-fire goes.  They have their eyes on that pipeline, and they aren’t just going to let it go…]

Here is an excerpt from the latest article in the International Herald Tribune:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


MOSCOW: President Dmitri Medvedev of Russia announced Tuesday that he had ordered a halt to his country’s military operation in Georgia, although he did not say that troops were pulling out and he insisted that Russian forces were still authorized to fire on enemies in South Ossetia.

The president said Russia had achieved its military goals during five days of intense fighting, which has seen Russian troops advance into Georgian territory and which brought strong denunciations from President George W. Bush and other Western leaders.

In a meeting with Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov shown on Russian television, Medvedev said: “The goal of the operation has been achieved. The security of our peacekeepers and civilians has been ensured.” But he also told Serdyukov to “eliminate” any enemy remaining in South Ossetia.

“Whenever hotbeds of resistance and other aggressive plans emerge, make the decision and eliminate them,” he said.

The fighting appeared to continue in Georgia on Tuesday — with reports of sporadic bombing and some Russian troops digging in around Georgian cities — and it was uncertain whether Medvedev’s statement would lead to an end to hostilities.

Medvedev took the lead role in announcing the halt to the operations in contrast to previous days when the Russian prime minister, Vladimir Putin, was the dominant public figure in the crisis, even flying to the Georgian border to direct operations.

When asked about the cease-fire, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, a senior defense official, said military actions could continue.

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Georgia Attacked – Russia invades U.S. Ally

Posted by Admin on August 11, 2008

EDIT 8/21/08: Typo – Thanks John!

I don’t think there are many people in the United States, or even in the world, who are not aware that Russia has invaded Georgia – a former Soviet (Russian) Province.  Georgia is one of our most loyal allies.  Russia has no right to be invading Georgia.  They are offering weak excuses for why they have done this – claiming that they are “protecting” Russian citizens.  (I can’t help but wonder why the Russian citizens are staying when apparently they could leave if they wanted to.)

The Flash Point: South Ossetia

The portion of Georgia that Russia has invaded is called South Ossetia.  In South Ossetia there have been “rebel” “separatist” groups active.  These groups are being directly supported by Russia.  Russia hasn’t just stopped at occupying this sovereign territory of Georgia, but just yesterday they bombed the capitol city of Georgia as well, and earlier this morning Russia sent even more air-bombing raids on Georgia.  The fighting is only getting worse, and already hundreds if not thousands of innocent civilians have died – along with presumably a fair number of military troops on both sides, and separatist “rebels”.

Russia Takes More Land

Russia has also decided to station their destroyers in the Black Sea outside another Georgian territory.  This area of Georgia is called Abkhazia.  Another report was in the media yesterday that stated Russia was sending 9,000 more soldiers into this province – again presumably to “keep peace” (how does one keep peace with bombing raids).

This is not Peacekeeping

This is no peacekeeping mission as Russia is trying to make the world believe.  Let’s at least be honest, Moscow – this is what is called war and you are waging it on a free nation that is allies with the United States.  Our own president back in 2005 promised the President of Georgia our support in threats against it.  I’m obviously not privy to know what is going on behind the scenes in the Pentagon, but publicly condemned Russia’s violence & Vice-President Dick Cheney has come out saying that there may be severe consequences for Russia if they do not end these attacks.  Right now, President Bush is flying back from China to deal with this situation in Washington, D.C..

Please help us – Georgian President

Published today is a letter from Georgia’s President imploring the help of the United States.  There is already talk among Georgians that we have left them unprotected, and unsupported.  That we should be doing something already for their civilians lay dying due to Russian bombs.

The Defense of an Ally

As much as I dislike war, and violence I can’t help but think that in order to be an honorable nation we must step up and defend our ally.  I can just hear the libs and isolationists now (imagine a whiny kid voice here): “You’re calling for war – you like war – you want people to die…”  Well, I’ll tell you what – WAR is what is going on right now in Georgia – one of our closest allies.  Someone who helps us when we need them.  A country that helped us in the War on Terror by sending the third largest contingent of troops.

We would not be going to WAR, we are coming to the DEFENSE of a very small nation, that is just getting on its feet – FREE for the first time since being controlled by Soviet Russia, and finally beginning to prosper.  Do you believe in real freedom for people?  Then you must recognize that Georgia is the innocent player in this.  It is Russia that has brought this to our door…

All of you who continually complain, “The world hates us”; do you really think they will have any more or less respect for us if we turn our backs on our word to an ally?  Think about that for a minute.  Good relations include coming to each others aid, and this doesn’t exclude when a country is attacked.  If anything – especially in a new country – it is perhaps most important.

Was “The Bear” Only Hibernating?

Russia’s leaders had to have known that attacking Georgia would put her allies in a position of having to come up against them.  I wonder if this was part of the plan overall – help Iran hold pressure against us while they take back some of their former captive nations.  Several Eastern-European nations have also offered support to war-torn Georgia stating that they well-remember what it was like to be a  “Captive Country” under Soviet rule – it doesn’t sound like they are convinced, and frankly neither am I, when Russia says it has put it’s goals of domination to rest.  The Presidents of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, & the Ukraine have all said they are standing with the Georgian President against Russia whom they all see as the aggressor in this crisis.

As John McCain once said, “When I look in Putin’s eyes I see three things; K. G. B. “.  Putin is definitely up to his “old tricks”.  His training in the Communist machine has not gone unused.  Instead of the Communist Party, the leaders have merely become ruling oligarchs, and instead of the KGB doing the dirty work, the Russian mafia is said to be more active than ever.

Russia has also been helping Iran to continue building its nuclear program – despite the threats from Iran’s leaders that they want to “wipe Israel off the Map”, and all sorts of variations on the theme of “death to America”.  Was this part of their plan as well?  To get the US focused on their friends the Iranians, and refusing to help in Iraq all because they were planning to “re-“annex their former Soviet States?  Did they think our country would be too torn by internal strife over the Iraq war to be able to rouse the public into helping defend our ally?  I hope I am wrong in my suspicions, however, I do not trust the Russian Government, and I feel for the Russian people, and all the other innocent people who are suffering because of the greed of others…

No Blood for Oil

A lot of liberals seem to think that the United States is fighting a war for oil in the Middle East right now.  However, we are going to be leaving Iraq eventually.  They are going to own their own country – to elect leaders and develop business & education & do everything else a thriving community does.  We are not going to “own” their oil, nor are we going to occupy them forever – what we are doing right now is teaching them to be able to stand on their own – and it’s working…

Russia on the other hand is not attacking Georgia with these eventual intentions.  Georgia is already sovereign and free.  Georgia elects its leader according to their own laws.  Russia has attacked the capitol of Georgia, and is fighting on the side of separatists (or maybe a better term would be domestic terrorists).  They are directly interfering with the affairs of the sovereign Georgian government with a legally elected President.

History Repeating

Another view of these developments by more than a few people around the web: Russia invading Georgia, is akin to Hitler invading Poland in 1939.  This is Putin & Russia’s “Sudetenland”.  I wonder if the allies of Georgia and freedom will come to the aid of these people, or if we will again stand by and watch as Europe gets gobbled up by a country that is violently overthrowing their neighbor.  The Russian Government has already warned the Ukraine as they have released information that alleges the Ukraine with helping Georgia right now (I say allege because I haven’t been able to verify if this is true or not, if it’s being reported by anyone else).

The Personal Side

It scares me that our country may be closer to war with Russia than at any time – perhaps since the Cuba Missile Crisis.  My daughter is coming “of age”, and if there is a new draft (or if she decides to volunteer) I won’t be too thrilled with the prospect of her serving – however, I would be immensely proud of her, and thankful for her sacrifices for the rest of our family, community & country, as well as the cause of Freedom & peace in our World.

I can’t personally think of any way we can avoid what may be to come unless Russia backs off.

A Prayer

May God bless the Georgian People, and may God Bless the USA and all her allies.  May God give our President and our government the strength and wisdom to make “all the right moves” at this dangerous time…

Take care of each other, everyone!

~ Michelle K.

PS – This post will be updated with links shortly.

This article originally published at: http://blog.libertyrocks.us

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