Georgia has released intercepted telephone calls purporting to show that part of a Russian armored regiment crossed into the separatist enclave of South Ossetia nearly a full day before Georgia’s attack on the capital, Tskhinvali, late on Aug. 7.
As Gen. Borisov assured that Russian soldiers have no intention of staying in Georgia beyond a day or two, the signal of the Georgian mobile phone network disappeared in the Gori vicinity. Instead, cell phones lit up with a message highlighting new realities on the ground. “Welcome to Russian network MegaFon,” the message said. “Enjoy your stay!”
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