- Remember Russia’s accusations of Georgia committing “genocide” in South Ossetia to justify invasion? Turned out to be a big fat lie:
- Russia has been accused of handing out its passports to residents in Crimea to stoke another separatist movement.
- President Yushchenko has accused Prime Minister Tymoshenko of high treason by not speaking out against the Kremlin in the conflict and plotting to use a deepening crisis with Moscow to take over as president.
- Ukraine is ready to make its missile warning defence system available to Europe.
- A lady in Glenside, PA has grown a 9-foot tall sunflower to be the the symbol of her graduate Holodomor class at Kean University in Union, N.J.
- The 36th annual Ukrainian Festival was held in Irondequoit near Rochester, NY on Saturday as well as the 33rd annual Ukrainian Festival in Middletown, NY.
- Ukraine has propped itself up to 10th place with a slew of medals, including Oleksandr Petriv setting an Olympic record in men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol.
- Remember how the Orthodox church said it didn’t want to get political?
- Madonna’s 50th birthday apparently quite the news in Ukraine.
- ‘Hutsul’s Year‘ a much talked about play in Edinburgh had to be cancelled after the lead actress was knocked down and seriously hurt. ‘Shadows of our Forgotten Ancestors‘ will air at the Nairm film festival.
Russian-backed leaders in South Ossetia have said that 2,100 people died in fighting in Tskhinvali and nearby villages. But a doctor at the city’s main hospital, the only one open during the battles that began late on Aug. 7, said the facility recorded just 40 deaths.
That explanation, that Russians were saving South Ossetians from total annihilation, undergirded Moscow’s rationale for the invasion.
A senior member of Russia’s parliament, Konstantin Zatulin also said that the Russian government intended to spend some $100 million on building a “Moscow district” in the city (Tskhinvali, Georgia); he did not explain what that would entail.
Georgia’s leadership maintains the war was launched by the Kremlin because of longstanding resentment about the former Soviet republic’s close ties with the West.
Of course it’s not like they haven’t lied before.