"The disclosure will expose Russia to accusations that it is annexing land regarded internationally as part of Georgia. Until now, the Kremlin has insisted that its troops intervened solely to protect South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgian “aggression”.
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Now, human rights organizations are going into the region to catalog atrocities, and they are finding that despite widespread reports of such atrocities by the Georgians, there are no eyewitnesses. They are rumors, and nothing more, apparently planted to turn the hearts of the locals against their Georgian countrymen. One report by a human rights worker explains that while the rockets came from the direction of Georgia, what remains of the rockets themselves are Russian Grad rockets. This same reporter said the following:
For instance, all of a sudden, that maybe it was Russia that bombed everything to spite Georgia.This same human rights organization indicated that Russia has grossly overstated the number of civilian casualties in the area. Instead of the thousands that Russia claimed, the human rights workers were only able to document "tens of victims", not hundreds or thousands.
First a bombardment took place, then, after a massive shelling, the armored vehicles moved in.
And after the armor, the infantry forces walked in.
On the level of the shelling, and the armor, genuinely, the rights of the civilian population were violated.
Weapons were used which in no case can be used.
There were direct tank attacks on residential buildings, and on the building’s basements.
But from the point of view of the atrocities that, supposedly, were committed by individual Georgian soldiers, the infantry, we did not find any information from first-person sources.
It is possible that they were fed fables that the peaceful people had long since left.
On the other hand, the same human rights worker said that there were decaying corpses of Georgian soldiers widespread throughout the area. These are a grave concern because they raise the likelihood of disease.
More Russian lies?