“The way the Georgians in South Ossetia have acted can be called genocide. Their actions are numerous and aimed at the civil population.”
That is the view of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. He said people had been killed, burned, crushed by tanks, and even had their throats cut.
Reports from South Ossetian refugees fleeing the battle zone have been similar. They have spoken of houses being set alight with people inside.
In Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian self-proclaimed capital, conditions are said to be dire.
Russia insists the city, which is reported to be without water, power or food supplies, has been attacked by Georgian artillery and planes.
More than 30,000 refugees – half the population of South Ossetia – have crossed the border into Russia this weekend.