Hundreds of ethnic Georgians confronted Russian peacekeeping forces in the breakaway region of South Ossetia Thursday, throwing paint and gasoline on them and forcing them to stop blocking a road project, officials said.
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Georgian police said they detained two Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone with breakaway South Ossetia, but commanders of the peacekeeping forces have denied the report.
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South Ossetia and North Ossetia will eventually unite within Russia’s borders, South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity told a Monday press conference in Moscow.
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Police in the South Ossetia region killed four Georgian â€œsaboteursâ€ on Tuesday, a South Ossetian minister said, raising tension days before Ossetians vote in an independence referendum, the Reuters news agency reported.
South Ossetia threw off Georgian rule in fighting during the early 1990s. A ceasefire was signed but violence has simmered between the two sides, especially since the fiery pro-Western Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili was elected in 2004.
â€œA group of Georgian saboteurs has been eliminated this morning,â€ South Ossetiaâ€™s emergency minister, Boris Chochiev, told Reuters. He did not give any details about who the men were working for or what they were doing.
â€œAccording to preliminary reports there were four of them. All of them have been killed.â€
Georgian authorities said they had no information about any of their police or military being killed.
Last month a helicopter carrying Georgiaâ€™s defence minister was hit by gunfire as it flew over South Ossetia and a shoot out between police killed three South Ossetians and one Georgian.
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