Georgia Claims Russia Planned Invasion Ahead of Conflict





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Georgia released a report claiming it faced a large-scale Russian invasion when its forces launched an assault on the rebel South Ossetia region last year.

The report, which claims that Russia had been laying the groundwork for an invasion for months and that Georgia acted only in self-defense, was the first document to detail Georgia's long-standing allegations of how the Caucasus conflict began.

It said that a column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles entered a tunnel leading to Georgia about 20 hours before the Georgian forces were ordered to act.

The report comes on the eve of the first anniversary of the outbreak of the five-day conflict and amid continued tensions in the volatile region.

"The Georgian government concluded that it had been left with no choice but to order military action to counter what was rapidly becoming an invasion," the report added.

However, Russia insists that it moved into Georgia to defend South Ossetia from a Georgian attack aimed at re-taking the independence-seeking territory.


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