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Day-by-day: South Ossetia crisis
Saturday, 9 August 2008
A day-by-day look at how the conflict involving Russia and Georgia over the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia is unfolding.
SATURDAY 9 AUGUST
Georgian woman wounded in Russian air raid, Gori, 9 August
Russian strikes on the town of Gori hit civilian as well as military buildings
The Georgian parliament approves a presidential decree declaring a "state of war", as Russian planes attack the central Georgian town of Gori, not far from border with South Ossetia.
The aircraft appear to target military bases where government troops have been massing. In one of the raids, however, two apartment blocks are hit, leaving scores of civilians killed or wounded.
Russia confirms that two of its planes have been shot down over Georgia.
Earlier, Russian military commanders say their troops had taken the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali, after a Georgian attempt to seize it.
Moscow insists more than a thousand civilians have so far been killed - a claim vehemently denied by Tbilisi.
Russian jets attack Georgian town
In pictures: Georgian town attacked
FRIDAY 8 AUGUST
Video still from Russia's Channel One shows a Georgian tank burning in Tskhinvali (08/08/2008)
Fierce fighting raged for control of South Ossetia's capital, Tskhinvali
Russia says its troops have been involved in fierce clashes with Georgian forces in and around the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali.
Georgia says its military bases have been attacked by Russian aircraft, but the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili says his forces are now in control of Tskhinvali. The separatists, for their part, say they control the city.
President Saakashvili says 30 Georgians have been killed, while Moscow claims that 21 Russian soldiers have lost their lives.
The Georgian authorities say they expect a Russian attack on the capital, Tbilisi.
Georgia also announces it is withdrawing half of its contingent of 2,000 troops from Iraq, so that they can be sent to South Ossetia.
International aid agencies, meanwhile, express grave concern about the plight of civilians caught up in the conflict.
In Tskhinvali, many people are reportedly sheltering from the fierce fighting in their cellars. The UN refugee agency says thousands of people have fled and many homes have been destroyed. It says water and food are in short supply.
An International Red Cross spokeswoman says ambulances cannot move, hospitals are overflowing, and surgery is taking place in the corridors.