Georgia - Rumours and Lies, Facts and Fiction
For many people, it seems as though the White House is as much in the dark as anyone else. The lack of information and rumours going around make it hard for the average person to follow the story, let alone a major world power who is trying to make decisions based on shifting information.
The White House grasp of developments in war-battered Georgia has been hampered by confusing reports from the ground and intelligence resources that initially were focused more on Iraq and Afghanistan than the former Soviet republic.
One-sided and possibly exaggerated accounts of actions from both sides and the Bush administration's difficulty in independently verifying information about the war have left the White House standing on an ever-changing platform from which to speak out on the crisis.
Meanwhile, even those reporting on the issue have become targets, as at least 1 journalist has been killed and 2 others hurt since the beginning of Russia's offensive. A female broadcast journalist in Georgia was shot by a sniper live on television, though she was only slightly wounded and kept reporting.
After scenes of panic and commotion, Urashadze reappears with her arm bleeding.
Unbelievably she tries to continue her report as colleagues bandage her up.
In the dramatic footage she says that her arm had been grazed by a sniper bullet.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke out on the conflict:
As you know perfectly well, the situation in South Ossetia remains very difficult. In this regard, we are obliged to keep our peacekeepers in a state of constant preparedness.
Georgia's president Mikheil Saakashvili is upset at the lack of US aid, especially considering Georgia's military help in Iraq.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has criticised the United States for failing to act strongly enough to help him.
But the Russian General Staff's deputy chief, Colonel-General Anatoly Nogovitsyn, criticised the U.S. airlift to Georgia announced by Bush.
"We have information that American military-transport aviation say they are delivering a certain humanitarian cargo to Tbilisi airport, though they said we had bombed the airport two days ago," he said.
On the other side of the pond, US president Bush says Russia needs to respect the territorial integrity of Georgia.
Bush repeated his demand that Russia respect the "territorial integrity" of Georgia. He spoke after spending nearly four hours getting briefed at CIA headquarters about elements of the war on terror and the grim situation in Georgia, where a tenuous cease-fire is in place after days of violence.