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article imageRussian Withdrawl Halted and Georgian Citizens Being 'Rounded up'

By Samantha A. Torrence     Aug 14, 2008 in Politics
The Russian withdrawal and the Georgian cease fire has been threatened by continued Russian incursion on Georgian territory. Russian soldiers are rounding up Georgian citizens.
"One can forget about any talk about Georgia's territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared.
This statement comes on the heels of a meltdown in the Georgia/Russia ceasefire on Thursday. Explosions continue to rock Gori as Russian troops round up Georgian civilians. The continued fighting is attributed to South Ossetian forces who continued to burn and loot Wednesday evening. Before the fighting continued reports came out stating that Russian forces were pulling out of Gori.
The ceasefire stated that Georgian and Russian forces must pull back to their original positions of 5 days ago. Now all out confusion between Russian and Georgian troops and unconventional South Ossetian troops is proving increasingly volatile. However some residents still seek peace with Russia as well as increased talks with third parties over issues surrounding the break away provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Reports of the Georgians being accused of attempted Genocide are still circulating, providing continued reason for Russian intervention.
Despite these reports of continued violence, other reports issued state the ceasefire, while shaky, is holding. Russian troops are still in Gori and Poti and will be stationed there for two days while control is handed back to local Georgian law enforcement. Russian troops are also said to be simply searching the Georgian civilians rather than "rounding them up."
The conflicting reports seem to be status quo from the onset of the Russia/Georgia war.
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