At the close of the conflict: 1st – 7th August, 2008
On 1st August, 2008, first news about the outbreak of a local border conflict in the region appeared. There were repeated armed skirmishes under way between the Georgian army and South Ossetian troops which claimed several victims also in the ranks of civilians. The parties accused each other of escalating the conflict: the Georgian party accused South Ossetian separatists of shelling nearby Georgian settlements, whereas South Ossetia referred to the shelling of Ossetian villages and the town of Tskhinval. On 2nd August, the evacuation of the inhabitants of South Ossetia to the capital of North Ossetia Vladicaucas began. A meeting of the State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration and the Commander of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Marat Kulakhmetov was held in Tskhinval. On 3rd August, Georgia started to move its troops and artillery technology from the town of Gori to the borders with South Ossetia. On 4th August, five battalions of the 58th Russian Army of the North Caucasus Military District were relocated to the immediate vicinity of the Roki Tunnel on the border between North Ossetia and South Ossetia. On 5th August, the de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity cancelled the planned bilateral negotiation with Georgian side. On 7th August, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili declared a unilateral armistice. In a television appearance, he offered the role of the guarantor of the autonomous status of South Ossetia to the Russian Federation and peace talks to South Ossetia. He said that the Georgian army wouldn’t react on shelling from Georgian positions and appealed to the parties to take reciprocal measures. On 7th August at 23:30, Georgia launched the bombardment of the town of Tskhinval, South Ossetia triggered retaliatory shelling. In a television live broadcast, the Chief of Staff of Peacekeeping Operations of the Georgian Army Mamuka Kurashvili announced the start of an operation leading to the restoration of constitutional order in South Ossetia.
8th August, 2008
01:40 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity informed about Georgia starting a military conflict.
02:30 – The Georgian Government accused South Ossetia of shelling perpetually Georgian settlements and informed about the forcible abolition of unilaterally declared armistice.
02:45 – The General Staff of Joint Peacekeeping Forces announced that Georgia launched military operations in the territory of South Ossetia. Fights at access communications to the town of Tskhinval broke out. Electricity supplies were cut off in the town.
02:50 Georgia informed of the forcing out of South Ossetian armed formations from the villages of Didmucha, Muguti and Dmenis.
03:18 – South Ossetia asked the Russian Federation for military aid.
03:50 – The Prime Minister of the de facto Government of South Ossetia Yuriy Morozov informed about a total destruction of the village of Chetagurovo.
04:00 – Russia called for a UN Security Council Emergency Session.
04:35 – Georgia informed of the seizure of control over five villages in the surrounds of the town of Tskhinval leading to the besieging of the town.
05:12 – Georgian jets Su-25 shelled positions in South Ossetia.
06:50 – News about continuing artillery fire on Tskhinval and the hit of peacekeeping forces’ position appeared.
07:15 – News agencies informed of the cessation of fire in Tskhinval.
08:43 – Georgian fighter jets Su-25 attacked position in the village of Kvernet.
08:41 – Georgian radio “Imedi” informed of the seizure of Tskhinval.
08:56 – Georgian fighter jet attacked the village of Djava, which lay beyond the conflict zone.
09:30 – Russian Federation’s Emergency Session headed by President Dmitry Medvedev started in the Kremlin.
09:40 – Abkhazia moved its army towards Georgia.
09:45 – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin negotiated about the situation in South Ossetia with the Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China Wen Jiabao.
10:00 – UN Security Council session was unavailing.
11:00 – Vladimir Putin said that retaliatory measures would be taken against Georgia.
10:15 – Georgian television channel Rustavi-2 informed that Chcinval was intruded by 600 Georgian soldiers. It at the same time reported the seizure of control over 11 villages around Tskhinval.
10:15 – Georgian television channel Rustavi-2 informed about an air raid on the town of Gori conducted by three Russian fighter jets Su-24. It simultaneously reported the shooting down of one of them.
11:00 – Georgian media announced the bombardment of Gori by four Russian fighter jets.
11:03 – Russian peace contingent informed of victims and injured in the aftermath of Georgian Army’s attack.
11:05 – A meeting of the de facto President of South Ossetia and the President of North Ossetia Taymuraz Mamsurov was held.
11:12 – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili ordered general mobilisation.
11:52 – The Speaker of US National Security Council Gordon Johndroe appealed to the parties to stop violence immediately and commence peace talks.
12:15 – Shelling of the town of Tskhinval went on.
12:21 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation denied information concerning the shooting down of Russian fighter jet over the town of Gori.
13:29 – The Georgian Defence Ministry informed that the Russian Federation applied heavy military technology in South Ossetia.
13:30 – The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis appealed to the parties for an unconditional cessation of fights and the start of direct negotiations.
13:42 – The Russian Defence Ministry denied information regarding the shooting down of Russian fighter jets.
14:18 – The Spokesperson of the White House Dana Marie Perino appealed to the parties for a peaceful solution to disputable questions.
14:28 – The mayor of Tbilisi Gigi Ugulava informed about the seizure of control over 70 per cent of Tskhinval and a three hour ceasefire.
14:45 – A meeting of Vladimir Putin and US President George Bush was held.
15:00 – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev voiced the intention to protect the citizens of the Russian Federation living in South Ossetia.
15:30 – The Commander of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Marat Kulakhmetov stated that Tskhinval was practically destroyed.
15:33 – The Secretary of the Security Council of South Ossetia Anatoliy Barankevich informed that the Georgian Army was moving from Tskhinval.
15:44 – The Georgian Air Force started to bomb the town of Tskhinval.
15:55 – OSCE announced the intention to send a representative to the region with the aim of supporting peace talks.
16:14 – Russian armoured technology entered Tskhinval.
16:19 – The Georgian Defence Ministry reported that the Russian Air Force attacked Georgian air base in the town of Vazian.
16:26 – German Chancellor Anglea Merkel appealed to the parties for truce. She at the same time highlighted the need of preserving Georgian territorial integrity.
16:30 – The Commander of North Ossetian Battalion of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Kazbek Friyev announced the cessation of shelling of the town of Tskhinval.
16:41 – Georgia reported the shooting down of two Russian military planes.
17:02 – NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer appealed to the parties for an immediate suspension of fighting and the launch of direct negotiations.
17:25 – The Russian Army reported the death of more than ten soldiers in South Ossetia.
17:30 – Georgia informed about the shooting down of four Russian fighter jets.
17:45 – The State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration Temur Yakobashvili stated that Tskhinval was under the control of Georgian Army. The Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation said that the 58th Russian Army of the North Caucasus Military District was in the immediate vicinity of Tskhinval.
17:45 – Mikheil Saakashvili accused the Russian Federation of staring the war.
18:05 – South Ossetia reported thousands of victims.
18:21 – George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin held a negotiation in Beijing which preceded a ceremonial evening on the occasion of the beginning of the Olympic Games.
18:30 – Georgia appealed to the international community to halt Russian military operations.
18:49 – The Russian Army took control over positions in the north of Tskhinval using armoured technology.
18:37 – US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence Bryan Whitman denied the statement concerning Georgian request for US military aid.
18:57 – Georgian Interior Ministry said that Russian armed forces were shelling the Georgian Army’s positions using tanks and fighter jets.
19:23 – The Russian Federation cancelled the air connection with Georgia.
19:24 – Georgia informed that the Russian Air Force destroyed several Georgian fighter jets at the Marneuli military airbase.
19:26 – The Spokesperson of the US Department of State Gonzalo Gallegos backed the territorial integrity of Georgia and maintained that the Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was holding continual telephonic consultations with conflict parties.
19:33 – US presidential candidate John McCain appealed to Russia to halt military aggression against Georgia and spoke for a strong diplomatic pressure of the EU and the US on the Russian Federation
19:40 – Georgia withdrew its peacekeeping contingent from South Ossetia.
19:44 – Troops of Russian 58th Army destroyed centres of resistance from which the Georgian Army shelled the positions of Russian peacekeeping contingent and the town of Tskhinval.
19:47 – The Russian Defence Ministry announced the destruction of Georgian Army’s firing points by the troops of 58th Army of the North Caucasus Military District.
20:10 – Two Georgian tanks were destroyed near the positions of peace troops in Tskhinval.
20:23 – The Spokesperson of the White House Dana Marie Perino confirmed repeatedly US support of Georgian territorial integrity. She simultaneously appealed to all parties involved to relieve tension and prevent a conflict.
20:40 – George W. Bush expressed his support of Georgian territorial integrity.
20:57 – Eduard Kokoity said that there were 1,400 victims on the side of South Ossetia.
21:20 – Georgian authorities said that the Georgian Army controlled the whole territory of South Ossetia with the exception of the village of Djava, whereas Russian televisions reported that Georgian troops abandoned Tskhinval.
21:22 – 12 members of Russian peacekeeping forces relocated in Tskhinval died and 150 were injured in the aftermath of an artillery fire conducted by the members of Georgian armed forces.
22:26 – Russian peacekeeping troops fought against the Georgian Army in the southern part of Tskhinval.
22:29 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov had a call with US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. According to the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry it had been the third call between the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation and US Secretary of State.
22:45 – The de facto President of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh said that Abkhaz armed forces were relocated to the border with Georgia.
23:36 – Condoleeza Rice appealed to the Russian Federation to halt missile and air raids and to respect Georgian territorial integrity.
23:41 – Georgia announced that it terminated Russian television broadcasting.
23:54 – US presidential candidate Barack Obama said that it was evident that the Russian Federation had been violating Georgian sovereignty and appealed for an early solution to this problem
9th August, 2008
00:17 – Georgian fighter jet was shot down over South Ossetia.
00:20 – The Commander of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Marat Kulakhmetov informed that the town of Tskhinval was almost completely under the control of South Ossetian troops and that Georgian forces managed to stay only in small bases in the outskirts.
01:12 – Georgian channel Rustavi-2 reported that the Russian Navy was shelling five strategic spots in various parts of Georgia including the harbour Poti and a military base in Senaki.
01:15 – The Chairperson of the Press and Information Committee of the unrecognised Republic of South Ossetia Irina Gagloyeva stated that Tskhinval was fully liberated from Georgian troops.
02:00 – Georgia continued in bombing Tskhinval’s residential districts by means of high-calibre artillery systems
02:00 – Another UN Security Council emergency session was unavailing. The Special Representative of Georgia Irakli Alasanya accused the Russian Federation of conducting a massive invasion of Georgian sovereign territory. The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation Vitaly Churkin argued that Georgia had forced the Russian Federation to intervene by committing ethnic cleansings in South Ossetia. The members of UN Security council agreed on the resumption of consultations.
02:08 – The Russian Army announced that Georgia didn’t stop the shelling of Chcinval’s residential districts. Nevertheless, Russian peacemakers strengthened by 58th Army’s troops destroyed a large number of Georgian armoured technology and a fighter jet of the Georgian Air Force.
03:19 – UN Security Council’s session was unavailing again.
03:31 – The situation in Tskhinval settled temporarily.
03:51 – Tskhinval remained without fresh water, gas and electricity supplies.
07:22 – A part of the 58th Army entered the outskirts of Tskhinval.
07:48 – The number of killed members of Russian peacekeeping forces reached 15.
07:57 – Six civilians were killed during Georgian bombardment of the town of Tskhinval.
08:21 – The Assistant Commander of Russian Ground Forces Igor Konashenkov said that special forces would be deployed in Tskhinval in the course of next hours.
08:36 – The Georgian Army shelled repeatedly the positions of Russian peacekeeping forces in Tskhinval by means of Grad rocket launchers.
08:49 – The Georgian Army continued in shelling the positions of Russian peacekeeping troops in Tskhinval by means of Grad rocket launcher system.
08:49 – The Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the shooting down of two Russian fighter jets during military operations.
09:01 – The operative group of the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation started investigating murders in North Ossetia.
09:17 – The Assistant Commander of Russian Ground Forces Igor Konashenkov said that 58th Army troops of the North Caucasus Military District fought their way into the base camp of Russian peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia
09:39 – Georgian radio “Imedi” announced that at least 12 members of Georgian armed forces died during the bombardment of the Senaki military base by the Russian Air Force.
09:45 – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said tat Russian peacekeeping forces launched peace operations in the zone of Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
09:51 – The Chairperson of the Press and Information Committee of South Ossetia Irina Gagloyeva said that Georgian snipers opened fire on car convoys transporting the injured to hospitals in South Ossetia.
10:25 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry announced that aeromobile hospitals, ready to accept refugees from South Ossetia, were established.
10:47 – The Russian Air Force bombed the town of Gori hitting the object of former wool processing plant.
10:55 – Dmitry Medvedev stated that those who caused the humanitarian disaster in South Ossetia would be brought to book.
11:12 – The de facto Government of South Ossetia informed that the number of fatalities in South Ossetia reached 1,600 in the aftermath of another artillery attack.
11:13 – The Russian Air Force bombed the military airport in Kopitnar in the town of Kutuaisi. Two people were killed and local population had to be evacuated in the aftermath.
11:35 – Russian troops carried out a landing in Tskhinval.
11:40 – The Chief Commander of Russian Ground Forces Vladimir Boldyrev stated that in spite of ongoing complicated situation, the town of Tskhinval was completely liberated from Georgian forces.
12:18 – The Plenipotentiary Representative of the de facto President of Abkhazia in the Gali district Ruslan Kishmarya said that the positions of the Georgian Army were reinforced on the Georgian side of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone.
12:32 – Georgian media reported that a Russian fighter jet attacked the Kodori Valley in Abkhazia.
12:41 – Russian Defence Ministry confirmed the loss of two fighter jets refusing categorically the statements of Georgian side concerning the bombardment of Georgian settlements.
12:48 – Dmitry Medvedev commissioned Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoygu to go on a business trip to Vladicaucas.
12:49 – EU, US and OSCE experts left for the zone of Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
13:04 – Georgian media informed that twenty civilians were killed in the aftermath of the bombardment of Gori by the Russian Air Force.
13:10 – The Russian Defence Ministry announced that 12 members of Russian peacekeeping forces were killed and other 150 injured in the aftermath of ongoing fights.
13:21 – Mikheil Saakashvili decided on the imposition of warfare.
13:55 – Georgian artillery carried on with firing at Russian peacekeeping forces.
14:04 – The Chairperson of the Security Council of Georgia Alexander Lomaya reported the shooting down of ten Russian fighter jets.
14:32 – Georgian artillery resumed firing at the town of Tskhinval.
14:34 – The Abkhaz Air Force launched an operation in upper part of the Kodori Valley.
14:43 – Mikheil Saakashvili proposed the cessation of enemy actions in South Ossetia.
14:48 – Georgian media announced that a Russian fighter jet attacked the Kodori Valley.
14:50 – George W. Bush backed Georgia in a phone call with Mikheil Saakashvili.
14:54 – The Commander of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Marat Kulakhmetov declared that there was no Georgian offer of truce and that the shelling of Tskhinval continued.
14:59 – Ossetian community launched a protest in support of South Ossetia in front of US embassy in Moscow.
15:20 – George W. Bush underscored in his official statement in Beijing that Georgia was a sovereign nation and asked for respecting its territorial integrity. He appealed to the Russian Federation to halt the bombardment and proposed the return to status quo which had been prior to 6th August.
15:28 – The Georgian Parliament passed unanimously President Mikheil Saakashvili’s decree on the imposition of warfare in entire Georgian territory for a period of 15 days.
15:56 – George W. Bush had a phone call with Dmitry Medvedev and Mikheil Saakashvili. According to Gordon Johndroe he confirmed the official stance of the US.
16:44 – At the instigation of US side, George W. Bush made a phone call with Dmitry Medvedev in which the President of the Russian Federation explained the posture on situation in South Ossetia.
16:52 – Russian operation staff announced that Russian bomber Tu-22 was shot down over Georgia by an anti-aircraft missile system, probably S-200.
16:56 – Dmitry Medvedev described the posture on the situation in South Ossetia to George Bush. Medvedev set the withdrawal of Georgian formations from the town of Tskhinval as the only condition for the suspension of Russian military operation.
17:00 – Abkhazia announced the launch of a military operation in a part of the Kodori Valley controlled by Georgia.
17:05 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister said that he didn’t rule out that the Russian Federation would address the Hague Tribunal and Strasbourg Court demanding the investigation into the circumstances of the death of Russian troops in South Ossetia.
17:09 – Russian Embassy in Georgia said that there were problems with telephone communication in Tbilisi and that all internet domains ending .ru were blocked.
18:00 – The Russian Ambassador in Georgia Vyacheslav Kovalenko declared that the number of victims in South Ossetia had reached 2,000.
18:02 – Russian and western journalists working in the conflict region appealed to the Presidents of the Russian Federation, the US and Georgia to ensure their evacuation as well as the evacuation of women, pensioners and children.
18:17 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity informed that in the afternoon, the Georgian Army made second attempt to attack Tskhinval. This attack was repulsed.
18:25 – Georgian Olympic Committee conceded the withdrawal of national team from Beijing in connection with warfare in the country.
18:30 – In Tskhinval, a group of Russian journalists found itself under fire. A part of them suffered injuries.
18:47 – The Spokesperson of the President of Abkhazia Kristian Bzhania stated that the operation in the Kodori Valley went on and that Abkhaz troops hadn’t penetrated the territory controlled by the Georgian Army up to that time.
18:50 – Georgian special troops penetrated the northern margin of Tskhinval where they threw grenades into the cellars of houses in military camp in which women and children had been hiding according to Russian media.
18:57 – Vladimir Putin came to Vladicaucas with the aim of holding negotiations about providing aid to South Ossetia.
19:00 – Vladimir Putin paid a visit to a hospital in Vladicaucas and met refugees.
19:01 – Abkhaz troops launched a couple of missiles on military objects in western Georgia.
19:19 – South Ossetian Defence Ministry announced that several Georgian tanks broke through the defence line and entered Tskhinval. South Ossetian troops destroyed three tanks, which, however, were followed by Georgian infantry.
19:44 – Visiting the injured in state hospital Mikheil Saakashvili said that he would address Dmitry Medvedev with the request for a ceasefire and the launch of peace talks.
19:56 – The Russian Defence Ministry and Russian President’s Press Service informed that they hadn’t received any request from President Saakashvili.
20:00 – The situation in Tskhinval escalated. The Georgian Army launched an intensive bombardment of the town and Georgian troops were seen in some of its parts. Mikheil Saakashvili informed of the killing of sixty members of Russian special troops.
20:17 – Vladimir Putin said that Georgian territorial integrity suffered a fatal blow.
20:22 – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to declare a truce.
20:29 – Fights were under way near the village of Djava. Three south Ossetian soldiers had been taken to local hospital.
20:33 – Georgian tanks attempted to take control of the Zar Road connecting North Ossetia and Tskhinval. Tskhinval kept on defending. Residential districts were shelled by howitzers, artillery, armoured vehicles and Grad rocket launchers.
20:53 – The UN Security Council made the decision to hold new consultations on the situation in South Ossetia.
20:36 – Several Georgian military vessels sought to obtain access to Abkhaz coast. This was prevented by Russian Black Sea Fleet which opened fire on them.
20:37 – Vladimir Putin pledged to earmark 10 billion rubbles for the restoration of Tskhinval and 500 million rubbles for the accommodation of refugees from South Ossetia in North Ossetia.
20:45 – Vladimir Putin stated that from 2nd to 9th August, the Russian Federation accepted 34,000 refugees from South Ossetia. A part of them returned home. Thus the total number of refugees amounted to 22,000 persons at that moment according to Putin.
20:51 – Russian Emergency Ministry plane carrying medicines and foods for refugees arrived in Vladicaucas.
20:53 – In a joint statement, the Presidents of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland denounced Russian Federation’s military actions against Georgia and questioned the position of Russia as a strategic partner of the EU
20:57 – News about the intention of Georgian national Olympic team to return to Georgia appeared. Later on, however, the media informed that the decision had been changed.
21.04 – The Spokesperson of the President of Abkhazia Kristian Bzhania said that the Abkhaz Army entered the Gali district.
21:20 – According to latest information Russian Black Sea Fleet prevented Georgian military vessels from approaching Abkhaz coast.
22:24 – France appealed to the Russian Federation and Georgia to withdraw their troops from the region.
22:37 – In Tbilisi, a protest against the war in South Ossetia called “Stop Russia!” began.
22:59 – The Russian Defence Ministry declined officially the news brought by Georgian media about the explosion of the Roki Tunnel connecting North and South Ossetia.
23:00 – Battles for Tskhinval went on.
23:12 – Journalists from the television channel “Vesti”, who had come under fire, were taken to hospital in Vladicaucas and operated on.
23:25 – South Ossetian Health Minister Vladimir Legkoyev announced that a hundred inhabitants of South Ossetia including six children had been hospitalised in hospitals in South Ossetia.
10th August, 2008
02:59 – The Secretary of Georgian Security Council Alexander Lomaya said that there had been fights for the control over the Priss Heights above the town of Tskhinval during the whole night. Georgian troops were relocated in the aftermath. According to the Press and Information Committee of South Ossetia one Georgian bomber had been shot down and 12 Georgian tanks had been destroyed in Tskhinval. Furthermore, one Georgian sniper and two shooters had been killed. At least 50 persons had been killed and 200 had been injured in the town.
02:59 – According to the agency Interfax referring to the Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry 45 soldiers and 40 civilians had been killed on Georgian side.
02:59 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity appealed to volunteers prepared for going to the aid of South Ossetia to wait up or to come in an organised way. He justified it by sufficient presence of the Russian Army in the region.
02:59 – In the aftermath of shelling of Russian military convoy Lieutenant General Anatoliy Hrulev and journalists of the Vesti-24 channel television crew suffered injuries. Subsequently, they were rushed to hospital by a helicopter.
03:00 – The Chief Commander of Joint Peacekeeping Forces Marat Kulakhmetov said via the television channel Vesti-24 that enemy troops were getting ready for the restoration of military operations. He added that there was neither process of peace talks nor mutual agreements between enemy parties.
03:04 – The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin declared for the agency Interfax that it was necessary to classify the steps made by Georgian authorities in the unrecognised Republic of South Ossetia as genocide. According to him the humanitarian disaster as well as the fact that tens of villages had been wiped off the face of the earth was obvious.
03:11 – Around 30 injured were hospitalised in the Rostov Regional Military Hospital. The Agency Interfax referring to a representative of North Ossetian police reported that 5,000 people had been transported to the territory of North Ossetia the previous night.
03:15 – Dmitry Medvedev informed of the intention to charge the military prosecutor’s office with documenting and investigating of crimes against the inhabitants of South Ossetia.
03:45 – During the meeting with President Medvedev, Vladimir Putin said that as soon as there were suitable conditions in South Ossetia, a new hospital of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry would be established. He at the same time confirmed Russian Government’s intention to earmark 10 billion rubbles for the restoration of the town of Tskhinval and border regions.
03:50 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry sent 120 tons of foods to people residing permanently in South Ossetia, namely meat and fish cans, buckwheat and infant food.
07:55 – Russian bombers started to attack the village of Azhara in the upper part of the Kodori Valley. According to Georgian media the village of Urta in the Zugdidi district, where Georgian Interior Ministry’s special forces were supposed to be, was bombed.
09:00 – Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin proposed the foundation of an international tribunal for South Ossetia.
09:21 – According to witnesses’ testimonies Georgian authorities were getting ready for the evacuation of people from the town of Zugdidi lying on the border with Abkhazia. According to the agency Interfax referring to one of the citizen of the town police cars appealed to the inhabitants to prepare for evacuation.
09:30 – The Georgian Interior Ministry informed through Minister Shota Utiashvili about the withdrawal of its forces from South Ossetia for the first time.
10:00 – The Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy including the flag missile cruiser Moscow and the destroyer Smetlivij sailed to the eastern part of the Black Sea to the proximity to the naval border with Georgia.
10:25 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry announced that it had established an aeromobile hospital in North Ossetia in which it was ready to take further refugees from South Ossetia.
10:30 – The mobilisation of reservists was declared in Abkhazia.
10:35 – Georgian refugees started to cross the river Inguri in order to arrive in the Gali region in Abkhazia.
10:37 – Negotiations between the Georgian and Russian Army representatives about the opening of humanitarian corridors through Tskhinval intended for the movement of civilians were commenced.
10:43 – The Prime Minister of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh issued a decree to provide humanitarian aid to refugees from Georgia who started to arrive in the territory of Abkhazia.
10:58 – US Department of State enabled the families of its representatives in Georgia to abandon the state’s territory. A convoy with US citizens was dispatched from Tbilisi to Yerevan. In an official statement the Department appealed to all citizens to abide by security measures in Georgia and to refrain from moving within the state as well as travelling to separatist regions.
11:23 Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko commissioned the government to secure humanitarian aid for civilians suffering in the aftermath of the escalating conflict in South Ossetia within three days.
11:30 – South Ossetian authorities accused Georgia of hiring mercenaries from foreign countries for the attacks on Tskhinval. According to this information there had been also black people among the dead.
11:37 – According to Georgian media the office of Tbilisi mayor was addressed by tens of refugees from the town of Gori and South Ossetia who asked for a temporary shelter and food. A special staff had been established to this end by the mayor’s office. 500 hundred refugees were thus given a spare accommodation during previous two days. There was an excessive demand for long-life foods because foods supply from the Shida Kartli region, the place of origin of the majority of agricultural production flowing to Tbilisi, had been cut off.
12:00 – The Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that it was allowed to forbid the vessels of Russian Black Sea Fleet involved in the operations in the vicinity of Georgian coast to return to the harbour in Sevastopol.
11:53 – In Vladicaucas, Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu gave instructions to adopt priority measures to restore dwellings and secure living in South Ossetia. According to the information 6 water purifiers and 33 autonomous power plants were ready for transport to South Ossetia at that moment. The provision of humanitarian aid in the form of a supply of construction materials for a quick start of construction works in South Ossetia was in the stage of preparation.
12:14 – Georgian Interior Minister Shota Utiashvili said that the Russian Army entered Tskhinval. He added that the Georgian Army remained in combat readiness.
12:20 – The General Staff of Russian Peacekeeping Forces didn’t confirm the information that Georgia commenced the relocation of army from Tskhinval and the border village of Ergneti.
13:00 – Conflict parties agreed on the opening of humanitarian corridors through Tskhinval intended for the movement of civilians.
13:12 – The Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Ministry warned the Russian Federation that in view of Russian intention to prevent Ukraine’s participation in armed conflict and military operations following on from the involvement of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation’s Navy in the conflict in Georgia, Ukraine reserved the right to ban the return of those vessels of the Black Sea Fleet to Ukrainian territory which could have participated in activities mentioned above in accordance with the principles of international law and legal regulations valid in Ukrainian territory.
13:40 – The General Staff of the Russian Army informed of rescuing the crew of one of two Russian fighter jets shot down over the territory of Georgia.
13:43 – The Governor of the Stavropol region in the Russian Federation Valery Gayevsky declared that hotels and leisure facilities in the region were ready to provide South Ossetian women and children with accommodation and also to ensure the process of education.
13:45 – The General Staff of the Russian Army informed that a larger part of Tskhinval was under the control of Joint Peacekeeping Forces.
13:51 – Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Petras Vaitiekunas stated that Georgian authorities met Russian Federation’s demand for the withdrawal of all armed forces from the territory of South Ossetia.
13:53 – The Deputy National Security Advisor to US President James Jeffrey declared that Russian military strike in Georgia could have impinged upon American-Russian bilateral relations. He labelled the steps of the Russian Army as inadequate and dangerous and expressed regret at them. He concurrently emphasised that the Georgian Army began to retreat and voiced concern over the possibility of the Russian Army continuing in such steps.
14:40 – The Georgian Security Council informed of the complete withdrawal of Georgian armed forces from Tskhinval.
14:02 – The General Staff of the Russian Army said that Russian side wasn’t the instigator of air strikes against inhabited objects in Georgia.
14:05 – According to the Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Russian Army Anatoliy Nogovitsyn the Russian Air Force attacked exclusively military objects.
14:06 – The General Staff of the Russian Army denied the information of 12 shot-down Russian fighter jets.
14:30 – The Command of the Russian Contingent of Joint Peacekeeping Forces announced that there were still approximately 7,400 members of the Georgian Army, 100 Georgian tanks and artillery batteries in South Ossetia. In a statement for the agency Interfax was mentioned that the shelling of Tskhinval didn’t abate. Snipers firing at civilians were active too.
14:41 – French Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Koucher compared the conflict in South Ossetia with the War in the Balkans. According to him the cause of the conflict between the Russian Federation and Georgia consisted in both parties’ incapability of agreeing on solutions to the so-called frozen conflict in South Ossetia.
15:07 – South Ossetia informed of the fact that it wouldn’t hold any negotiations with Georgia unless a non-aggression pact between it and Georgia was signed.
15:30 – The Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry informed that Russian troops launched a military operation in the Kodori Valley.
15:37 – The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin said that the West was preventing the conduction of a peacekeeping operation in the region of Georgian-Ossetian conflict. He added that western states behaved strangely in the period of Georgian aggression against South Ossetia, they were silent. He underscored that some states adopted a critical posture on the Russian Federation as if at somebody’s command and they were preventing the conduction of peacekeeping operation challenging the methods, objectives and pace of its conduction.
15:47 – The agency Reuters announced that on 13th August, a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of EU member states would be held with the aim of discussing the situation in South Ossetia.
16:15 – Warfare was declared in a part of Abkhaz territory.
16:18 – A film crew of the television channel NTV came under fire on the periphery of Tskhinval. Television producer Peter Gasiyev suffered injuries.
16:24 – Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu said that a hospital and six operating theatres were established in the vicinity of Tskhinval.
16:37 – The de facto Foreign Affairs Minister of South Ossetia said that foreign mercenaries were fighting on Georgian side. He added that he was informed that those had been black, and in some cases also white, people. He specified that the black people had been probably US mercenaries and the white men were Ukrainian ones.
17:12 – The municipal government of the town of Cherkessk (Karachay-Cherkessk) dispatched a convoy with foods intended for the inhabitants of South Ossetia.
17:13 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry announced that in the following days it would send a rescue squad to Vladicaucas charged with searching for the dead and injured in Tskhinval.
17:36 – Abkhazia concentrated its armed forces on the border with Georgia.
17:58 – The correspondent of the magazine Russkij Newsweek Orkhan Djemal said that journalists Alexandr Klimchuk and Grigol Khikhladze died in the aftermath of military operations in the region.
18:32 – The Georgian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that it handed over a note on the termination of enemy actions to the Russian Federation.
20:10 – Abkhazia informed of the gathering of Georgian troops on the borders between Georgia and Abkhazia.
21:46 – Georgia expressed its approval of the establishment of common patrols of the Russian Federation and the UN in the Zugdidi district.
22:32 – Russian vessels sank a Georgian missile ship.
11th August, 2008
00:17 – The town of Tskhinval was repeatedly shelled.
00:33 – Russian troops landed in the area of Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.
00:44 – The EU earmarked 1,000,000 euro for the removal of the consequences of the armed conflict in South Ossetia.
01:25 – Russian side announced that Georgian authorities rejected to enable leaving the country to the citizens of the Russian Federation.
04:11 – Georgian authorities informed that Abkhazia was bombing the Kodori Valley.
06:02 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry dispatched a convoy with humanitarian aid to Tskhinval.
07:39 – Georgian troops carried on shelling the position of Joint Peacekeeping Forces in South Ossetia.
08:45 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity stated that Tskhinval had been defended successfully.
09:26 – 9,000 members of Russian armed forces were deployed in Abkhazia.
09:31 – The presidents of unrecognised republics Sergey Bagapsh and Eduard Kokoity declared that they would appeal to the international community to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
10:41 – Abkhaz authorities informed of a total blockade of the upper part of the Kodori Valley.
11:51 – Dmitry Medvedev held a conference at the General Staff of the Russian Army.
11:55 – South Ossetia accused Georgia of undermining the Kekhvi waterway.
12:04 – North Ossetian Investigation Committee commenced prosecution for the attack of Georgia on South Ossetia.
12:08 – Postal communication between the Russian Federation and Georgia was severed.
12:24 – Naval transport between the Russian Federation and Georgia was severed.
12:28 – NATO General Secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer accused the Russian Federation of violating Georgian territorial integrity.
13:25 – The Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin asked for the calling of an emergency session of the NATO – Russia Council.
13:52 – Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili signed a document on ceasefire submitted by the Foreign Affairs Ministers of France and Finland.
14:08 – Russian Federal Security Service informed of the arrest of ten Georgian agents in the territory of the Russian Federation.
14:25 – At the International Court of Justice in the Hague Georgia brought an action against the Russian Federation for crimes against humanity committed in the period 1992 – 2008.
15:24 – South Ossetia informed of new attacks of the Georgian Air Force on Tskhinval.
15:49 – Other news about the shelling of South Ossetia by the Georgian Army appeared.
16:19 – A humanitarian aid consignment of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry was delivered to Tskhinval.
16:55 – The Hague Tribunal issued a stance that it wasn’t possible to judge Georgian legal action without the consent of the Russian Federation.
17:22 – The Russian Army confirmed the resumption of the shelling of South Ossetia.
17:41 – The Georgian Army informed of the shooting down of 19 Russian fighter jets.
17:43 – Georgian authorities stated that Russian troops were relocating behind Abkhaz borders.
17:51 – G7 countries appealed to the Russian Federation to suspend military operations in Georgia.
18:14 – The Russian Army conducted a military operation in western Georgia.
18:26 – Mikheil Saakashvili made a television appearance addressing Georgian people.
18:28 – A refugee convoy was shelled in South Ossetia.
18:37 – Georgian military helicopters attacked Tskhinval destroying a shopping centre.
19:00 – Two companies of battalions Vostok and Zapad were moved from Chechnya to Georgia.
19:38 – The Georgian Army retreated from the town of Gori.
20:22 – The Russian Federation and NATO expressed their approval of holding an emergency session of the NATO – Russia Council in connection with the situation in South Ossetia.
20:34 – Russian fighter jet destroyed two Georgian military helicopters.
20:38 – The Russian Defence Ministry denied news concerning the seizure of control over the town of Gori by the Russian Army.
21:39 – Mikheil Saakashvili stated that Russian forces occupied the central line in Georgia dividing thus its territory into two parts.
22:04 – 170 US citizens were evacuated from Tbilisi.
23:03 – The Russian Defence Ministry announced that Russian forces retreated from the Georgian town of Senaki.
23:41 – Georgia appealed to the Russian Federation to launch immediately negotiations about the termination of occupation.
12th August 2008
00:31 – Georgian Prime Minister Vladimir Gurgenidze said that Russian troops entered the town of Poli. The Russian Defence Ministry responded that there hadn’t been any troops, but Russian reconnaissance patrol had been present there.
1:47 – George W. Bush said that Russia had to stop military operations in Georgia.
2:26 – Mikheil Saakashvili appealed to the inhabitants of Tbilisi to take part in a demonstration in support of Georgian independence.
6:05 – The Russian Federation dismissed the UN Security Council draft resolution on South Ossetia.
6:32 – Abkhaz troops commenced operations in the Kodori Valley.
9:02 – Data about the victims of the night shelling of Tskhinval were released. 12 people were wounded.
9:15 – Cuban leader Fidel Castro upheld Russian Federation’s steps in South Ossetia. He at the same time expressed the assumption that Mikheil Saakashvili had acted according to the instructions of the United States of America.
10:32 – There was a battle between Russian and Georgian troops 20 km away from Tskhinval.
10:51 – Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Stubb expressed “careful optimism” about the fact that Russia could accept a plan for solution to the situation in South Ossetia proposed by the EU and OSCE.
11:01 – News about the bombardment of Gori by the Russian Air Force were released.
12:17 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that the Russian Federation wouldn’t negotiate with Mikheil Saakashvili. He also said that the Georgian contingent of Joint Peacekeeping Forces wouldn’t be allowed to operate in South Ossetian territory any longer.
12:48 – The Dutch Ambassador in Georgia Onno Van Elderenbosch said that one Dutch journalist was killed and another one was wounded in the aftermath of the night bombardment of Gori by the Russian Army.
12:51 – Dmitry Medvedev announced the termination of peacekeeping operation in the region of Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
13:29 – The Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Russian Army Anatoliy Nogovitsyn said that all Russian troops stopped the advance.
13:53 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited Moscow with the aim of mediating a truce agreement between the Russian Federation and Georgia.
14:15 – Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy launched negotiations.
15:00 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity stated that the de facto chair of South Ossetia backed Russian Federation’s decision to cease the peacekeeping operation in South Ossetia.
15:40 – The company Harbour Poti declared that it was about to charge the Russian Federation at the international court because the company had suffered loss owing to the forcible malfunction of the harbour.
16:00 – The negotiation between Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy didn’t end at scheduled time.
16:00 – At a square in front of the Georgian Parliament, several thousands of people gathered in terms of the action called “Calm demonstration for Georgia”.
17:00 – Mikheil Saakashvili stated that Georgia had adopted the decision to give up the membership of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
17:30 – Mikheil Saakashvili said that Georgia had adopted the decision to back out of the agreement on the presence of Russian peace forces in Abkhazia and to label Russian troops in Abkhazia as occupation forces.
17:30 – The Russian Defence Ministry denied officially the news about the designation of Vladimir Shamanov as the Commander of Russian peace forces in Abkhazia brought by some media.
18.20 – The government imposed a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in Tskhinval.
18:30 – Dmitry Medvedev and Nicolas Sarkozy came to a conclusion as for the six principles of conflict settlement in Georgia.
19:30 – The General Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno-Ocampo said that the court had been informed about the conflict in South Ossetia and was ready to start preliminary investigation.
20:30 – Spain earmarked 500,000 euro to the aid of victims in South Ossetia.
20:45 – Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko, Estonian President Thomas Ilves, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Latvian PM Ivars Godmanis landed at a border airport in Azerbaijan and left for Tbilisi within a car convoy.
20:50 – Dmitry Medvedev declared 13th August a day of mourning in connection with the conflict in South Ossetia.
21:20 – There were three days of mourning declared in Georgia.
21:20 – British Prime Minister Gordon Brown passed a draft document proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy and Dmitry Medvedev.
22:20 – The Italian Foreign Affairs Ministry earmarked 200,000 euro to the Red Cross organisation for conflict victims in Georgia.
22:40 – The Dutch Government earmarked 500,000 euro for humanitarian aid for the inhabitants of South Ossetia.
22:50 – French President Nicolas Sarkozy flew from Moscow to Tbilisi.
23:10 – Famous Georgian actor and singer Vakhtang Kikabidze refused to accept the Russian Order of Friendship, which he had been decorated in July 2008, as a token of protest against Russian Federation’s steps.
13th August 2008
01:00 – Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko, Estonian President Thomas Ilves, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, Polish President Lech Kaczynski and Latvian PM Ivars Godmanis participated in a demonstration in support of Georgian unity in Tbilisi.
01:40 – The Presidents of Georgia and France Mikheil Saakashvili and Nicolas Sarkozy “endorsed in principle” the six principles of armistice conclusion and conflict settlement.
02:00 – Polish Foreign Affairs Minister Radoslaw Sikorski criticised the anti-Russian appearance of President Lech Kaczynski at the demonstration in Tbilisi.
02:40 – The US cancelled joint military exercises NATO – Russia owing to the military steps of the Russian Federation in Georgian territory.
02:50 – The International Criminal Court confirmed that Georgia brought action against the Russian Federation for crimes against humanity committed in the period 1992 – 2008.
03:40 – The World Bank rejected to provide Georgia with further assistance in connection with the events in Caucasus.
5:20 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry dispatched a convoy with humanitarian aid to Tskhinval.
06:20 – Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Dauner announced that Australia was ready to provide Georgia with humanitarian, not military, aid which Georgia had asked for.
09:00 – There were no fights during the night in Tskhinval.
09:40 – Georgian Health Minister Sandro Kvitashvili stated that 175 persons had died on Georgian side in the aftermath of acts of violence since 8th August.
09:50 – The de facto Presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Sergey Bagapsh and Eduard Kokoity said that they didn’t intend to hold any negotiations with Georgian side.
10:10 – Russian investigators interrogated the members of the Georgian Army transported to Vladicaucas.
11:30 – Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko stated that Ukraine was ready to provide its peace forces for conflict settlement in Georgia in terms of international mandate.
12:10 – The Parliament of South Ossetia addressed federal bodies of the Russian Federation as well as the global community demanding the recognition of the independence of the Republic of South Ossetia.
13:06 – Vladimir Putin issued a decree on the earmarking of financial means for provisioning refugees.
13:09 – The General Staff of the Russian Army denied the presence of Russian tanks in the town of Gori.
13:13 – Negotiations between Georgia and the Russian Federation about the exchange of captives started.
13:18 – The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry pledged to earmark 50,000 rubbles to every inhabitant of South Ossetia struck by the war conflict.
13:28 – Dmitry Medvedev paid homage to the victims of South Ossetian conflict by a moment of silence.
13:49 – The General Staff of the Russian Army announced that the members of Russian armed forces started to move from South Ossetia.
13:53 – Georgian boats shelled Russian military vessel.
14:25 – 40 tons of humanitarian aid were consigned to Vladicaucas.
14:26 – Mikheil Saakashvili stated that Russian troops caused the explosion of three Georgian vessels.
15:03 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity upheld the plan for settling the conflict with Georgia.
15:17 – Alexandr Lukashenko expressed sympathy to the victims of war in South Ossetia.
15:36 – Dmitry Medvedev ordered to award the members of peace forces in South Ossetia the Cross of St.George.
15:46 – The Foreign Affairs Ministers of EU states backed the dispatch of observers to South Ossetia.
15:48 – The Public Chamber of Russian Federation set up a committee for the investigation of war events in South Ossetia.
15:58 – The United States of America required the summoning of a NATO summit owing to the events in Georgia.
16:16 – The EU expressed readiness for the deployment of peace troops in Georgia.
16:23 – Associated Press reported that Russian armoured technology penetrated deeper into the territory of Georgia.
16:35 – The Russian Defence Ministry denied information concerning the movement of Russian tanks towards Tbilisi.
17:13 – The Russian Defence Ministry denied information concerning the movement of the Russian Army towards Tbilisi.
17:25 – Russian peace troops began taking abandoned Georgian military technology away from the town of Gori.
17:56 – Around 200 Georgians were captured in South Ossetia.
18:22 – The Georgian Defence Ministry confirmed that the Russian Army moved from the Zugdidi district.
18:43 – A Georgian pilotless aircraft was shot down over Tskhinval.
18:56 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov and German Foreign Affairs Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier negotiated about peace restoration measures in Georgia.
19:03 – A demonstration in support of the Russian Federation in the conflict with Georgia was held in Riga.
19:18 – Two foods distribution places were opened in Tskhinval.
19:34 – The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry denied information about the presence of the Russian Army in the town of Gori and announced that Russian peace forces would provide necessary assistance to the inhabitants of the town.
19:39 – The Parliamentary Assembly Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation denounced Georgia for the military attack on South Ossetia.
20:00 – Turkish President Abdullah Gül offered his condolences to Dmitry Medvedev for the death of civilians in South Ossetia and expressed his support of Russian Federation’s steps.
20:05 – The United States of America called a session of the Council of the Foreign Affairs Ministers of NATO member states in connection with events in Georgia on 19th August, 2008.
20:25 – In a phone call with Dmitry Medvedev Armenian President Serge Sarkisian offered his condolences concerning the fatalities of civilians in South Ossetia.
20:30 – The Slovak Prime Minister stated that the military conflict was provoked by Georgia. He labelled the reaction of the Russian Federation as very strong.
21:00 – Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to Moscow. During the negotiation with President Dmitry Medvedev he said that Turkey planned to present its own initiative aimed at the settlement of Georgian conflict.
21:15 – Russian peace forces informed of the shooting down of three Georgian spy aircrafts over the territory of South Ossetia.
21:20 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the US of condoning Georgian operation against South Ossetia.
21:40 – UN Secretary General Pan Ki-mun welcomed the fact that the Russian Federation and Georgia endorsed a plan for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in South Ossetia as it had been agreed on the day before in terms of French mediation mission.
22:30 – British Foreign Affairs Minister David Milibend accused the Russian Federation of committing aggression against Georgia in the South Ossetian conflict and appealed to the international community to deliver to Moscow a message that its methods were unacceptable.
23:00 – In Tskhinval, the shooting went on in spite of the curfew. The Russian Army announced that it would open fire on every suspicious person which wouldn’t obey orders.
23:45 – US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice addressed a threat to the Russian Federation that it would find itself in severe isolation if it didn’t fulfil the terms and conditions of the agreement with Georgia.
14th August, 2008
00:20 – In a phone call Dmitry Medvedev reassured French President Nicolas Sarkozy that the Russian Federation respected the commitments emerging from the agreement with Georgia.
01:40 – The Russian Army handed over the control over the town of Gori to Georgian police.
06:20 – France announced its intention to submit a UN Security Council draft resolution on Georgia in the course of following days which was based on the Sarkozy Plan endorsed by the Russian Federation and Georgia.
08:26 – The Investigation Committee of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation brought an action for genocide in connection with the events in South Ossetia.
09:00 – The Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Security Council Vitaly Churkin sent a letter to the Chairperson of the UN Security Council in which he labelled Russian Federation’s operations in South Ossetia as indisputable right to self-defence that the federation would use as long as there were circumstances which sparked the conflict in South Ossetia.
09:59 – US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice stated that the Russian Federation would face international isolation if it wouldn’t fulfil conditions.
10:00 – Australia earmarked 870,000 for the inhabitants of Georgia struck by the consequences of the military conflict.
10:40 – Two plunderers were shot in South Ossetia.
11:00 – According to specified data the number of refugees from South Ossetia accepted by the Russian Federation reached more than 17,000 persons.
11:15 – The company British Petroleum restored gas exports from Azerbaijan through Georgia to Turkey after a two day cutoff.
11:20 – 100 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered to Georgia.
11:37 – The NATO Representative to Moscow said that it was sure that the events in Georgia would have impact on the relations between the Russian Federation and the Alliance.
11:47 – The Municipal Government in Gori retook control over the town.
12:25 – The Russian Communication and Media Minister Igor Shchegolev accused Georgian authorities of blocking the access of Georgian citizens to Internet during the military conflict.
12:42 – The Presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia signed a peace plan for solution to the conflict with Georgia at a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.
13:00 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov declared that Saakashvili couldn’t be considered Russian Federation’s partner for further negotiations any more.
13:00 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minster Sergey Lavrov said that Russian peace forces were ready to cooperate with foreign observers in South Ossetia. He added that the Russian Federation was prepared to negotiate about increase in their number as well.
13:24 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the Russian Federation wouldn’t force the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States to back South Ossetia.
13:30 – News about the return of Russian troops to Poti, Senaki and Gori and explosions as well as shoot-outs came out.
13:45 – Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that there would be no talks about Georgian territorial integrity.
13:52 – During a meeting with the Presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia Eduard Kokoity and Sergey Bagapsh, Dmitry Medvedev said that the Russian Federation would support any Abkhaz and South Ossetian decision on their future status.
14:25 – Abkhaz authorities informed about the death of three persons in the Kodori Valley in the aftermath of a military operation of the Georgian Army.
15:06 – OSCE announced increase in the number of observers in Georgia by ten times.
15:27 – The Georgian Parliament endorsed the plan for the suspension of the membership of The Commonwealth of Independent States.
16:33 – The de facto President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity said that mercenaries from Ukraine, the Baltic states and the US had fought on Georgian side.
16:37 – OSCE donor conference ended collecting more than ten million euro for the removal of the consequences the conflict in Georgia.
18:16 – US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates stated that there were no prospects of US military assistance as for solution to problems in Georgia.
1. The text was compiled on the basis of chronologies from http://www.gazeta.ru, http://www.gzt.ru, http://www.russiatoday.com and http://www.bbc.co.uk. Materials from http://www.civil.ge and http://www.apsny.ge have been used as well.
2. Events are arranged in chronological order. Figures on the left stand for the hours and minutes of Moscow time.