Aug 8, 2008

WAR! Russia Invades Georgia As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Proclaims "War Has Started"

A new war has begun today.

Russian forces are pouring into the disputed region South Ossetia right now. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has told the world, "war has started" and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is accusing its neighbor of a "well planned invasion."

Saakashvili said that his country is under intense attack by Russian tanks and warplanes, and he is accusing Russia of intentionally targeting civilians.

"All day today, they've been bombing Georgia from numerous warplanes and specifically targeting (the) civilian population, and we have scores of wounded and dead among (the) civilian population all around the country," Saakashvili told CNN.

"This is the worst nightmare one can encounter," he added.

Thousands of refugees are fleeing South Ossetia to the Russian region of North Ossetia-Alania.

When asked whether Russia and Georgia are now at war, Saakashvili said, "My country is in self-defense against Russian aggression. Russian troops invaded Georgia."

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