Fears of full-blown war in the Caucasus are intensifying with dramatic developments in the South Ossetian conflict today.
News agencies in Russia are claiming a number of the country’s peacekeepers in the breakaway region have been killed and injured in the Georgian military operation to re-take control of the territory.
Georgian forces have now entered South Ossetia’s capital Tskhinvali, according to Russian media reports. Georgia’s President Mikhail Saakashvili said his forces had “freed” the greater part of the city.
As Russian leaders holds top-level security meetings over the crisis, premier Vladimir Putin is pledging a response to what he called aggressive Georgian action. Georgia claims Russian jets have already bombed its territory.