As heavy clashes are reported in South Ossetia, Russia and Georgia have swapped increasingly angry accusations.
Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili has called upon his country to "mobilise" in the face of "a very blunt Russian aggression".
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had reports of "ethnic cleansing" in villages.
Georgia also claims that Russian mercenaries are active in South Ossetia.
As this schoolyard game of "he started it" decends into bloody war, the Russian newspaper Pravda has run one accusation that might startle many in the west:
War between Russia and Georgia orchestrated from USA
The US administration urged for an immediate cease-fire in the conflict between Russia and Georgia over the unrecognized republic of South Ossetia.
In the meantime, Russian officials believe that it was the USA that orchestrated the current conflict. The chairman of the State Duma Committee for Security, Vladimir Vasilyev, believes that the current conflict is South Ossetia is very reminiscent to the wars in Iraq and Kosovo.
“The things that were happening in Kosovo, the things that were happening in Iraq – we are now following the same path. The further the situation unfolds, the more the world will understand that Georgia would never be able to do all this without America. South Ossetian defense officials used to make statements about imminent aggression from Georgia, but the latter denied everything, whereas the US Department of State reloaded not comments on the matter. In essence, they have prepared the force, which destroys everything in South Ossetia, attacks civilians and hospitals. They are responsible for this. The world community will learn about it,” the official said.
[Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov believes that the international community should stop turning a blind eye on Georgia’s active purchase of arms.
“We have repeatedly warned that the international community should not turn a blind eye on massive purchases of offensive arms, in which the Georgian administration has been involved during the recent two years,” Lavrov said.