Russia Adds Troops Along South Ossetia-Georgia Border
by Jason Ditz
21 Apr 09 | AWC
EU, US accuse Russia of ceasefire violation
As the two sides trade accusations of provocation, the Russian military continues to add to its positions in South Ossetia, putting a significant number of troops just 25 miles from the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi.
The growing military presence so close to the nation further adds to the pressure on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who has faced weeks of opposition protests calling for his ouster. After enjoying domestic popularity during the brief August war between the two, Saakashvili’s political star crumbled as opposition figures accused him of triggering the conflict, which led to the virtual destruction of the Georgian military and the formal loss of the separatist enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. >>>