Looking back in 2008. July 30


The war in August 2008. On the eve of invasion...

July 30, 2008 the KGB of South Ossetia issued a statement that the Georgian side in order to destabilize the political situation in South Ossetia and to extrude the Ossetian population from the territory of the Republic, intended to continue the policy of escalation of tension in the Georgian-Ossetian conflict.
Georgian special services committed a series of terrorist acts, sending eight car bombs into the territory of South Ossetia.
KGB appealed to the citizens of South Ossetia to refrain from purchasing cars in Georgia in order to avoid tragic consequences.
At the same time, the law enforcement bodies of the Republic took all measures to prevent the importation of car- bombs into the territory of South Ossetia; however, often the tragic consequences of such actions of citizens of the Republic, in spite of the obvious danger, could not be prevented.
On the same day in Tiraspol at a meeting of delegates of the South and North Ossetia, the women from Transnistria and Ossetia made a joint appeal to Presidents of Russia, Moldova and Georgia with a demand for international legal recognition of the independence of the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria, the Republic of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, as well as the requirement to lift the economic and information blockade of these states.
In connection with the aggravation of the situation around South Ossetia the Foreign Ministry also issued a statement, where placed the responsibility for a possible large-scale destabilization in the region on the Georgian authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic stated that "dangerous activization of the desire of the Georgian leadership to escalate the situation in the conflict zone, provoking tensions in the region, the aggressive rhetoric and the implemented policy of the state terrorism against South Ossetia, force the authorities of South Ossetia to take appropriate steps to ensure the state's security."
July 30, 2008 President Eduard Kokoity declared on the reluctance of the Georgian authorities to solve the problems peacefully. He accused Georgia of preparing a military action against South Ossetia, saying that the fortifications were being erected at the border.
"But it is hard to intimidate our people. We have enough force and recourses to fight back in case of necessity "- Kokoity said, once again calling on the Georgian authorities to begin negotiations.
Another topic that was being discussed widely on that day - was an ultimatum of South Ossetia. Co-Chair of the South Ossetian side of the Joint Control Commission Boris Chochiev at a meeting with the head of the OSCE Mission in Tskhinval asked to give an ultimatum to the Georgian side: if in the morning of July 31 was not monitored the water pipeline Edis-Tskhinval, which was passing through the Georgian villages, to eliminate the numerous illegal branch lines, and up to 16 : 00 pm was not resumed the water supply of Tskhinval, the South Ossetian government would not interfere with the actions of youth and community organizations demanding to block the irrigation canals running from Tskhinval to Georgia.
However, this appeal, like many others, went unheard. The population of South Ossetia continued to hide from shelling in the basements of houses, and Georgia was preparing to implement its aggressive plans.

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