DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008, 9:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
Former Russian Black Sea Fleet commander, Adm. Eduard Baltin was quoted by Moscow media as saying Friday, Aug. 29: "...a single salvo from the Moskva missile cruiser and two or three missile boats would be enough to annihilate the entire group. Within 20 minutes, the waters would be clear."
In Washington, ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 31, 2008, 9:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
Reporting this Thurs. Aug. 28, Alexander Vovk, spokesman for Russia's strategic nuclear forces said the Topol RS-12M was tested to "develop equipment for potential combat and use against ground-based missiles."
Earlier this week, amid the crisis over Georgia, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev warned of a military response to the US missile ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2008, 12:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
The move sparked a sharp exchange between Washington and Moscow. President George W. Bush said it exacerbates tensions and complicates negotiations. The Russian president warned of "military responses" to the US missile shield in Europe.
Signing the decrees confirming South Ossetian and Abkhazian independence, Russian president Dimitry Medvedev said Tuesday, Aug. ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2008, 6:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Russian Navy chief, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky announced Sunday, Aug. 24, that its warships in the Mediterranean region have been placed under the command of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
debkafile's military sources report extreme concern in Israel's military and navy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2008, 9:47 AM (GMT+02:00)
The train hit a mine Sunday, Aug. 24 at the village of Skra, 5 km west of Gori, on the main track of the railway line linking Eastern and Western Georgia - a vital trade route for oil exports from Azerbaijan to European markets.
Azerbaijan restored its oil consignments via ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 26, 2008, 9:21 AM (GMT+02:00)
As the West awaits Moscow's threatened reprisal for the treaty installing American missile interceptors on Poland's Baltic coast, the Kremlin is striking back in the Middle East. Syrian president Bashar Assad told reporters he is considering a Russian request to deploy missiles in his country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2008, 9:48 AM (GMT+02:00)
The timing was precise. Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Russian Deputy Chief of General Staff Col.-Gen. Anatoly Nagovitsyn accused Israel at a Moscow news conference of arming and training the Georgian military.
Wednesday, Syrian president Bashar Assad arrives in the Russian capital for a two-day visit during which the Kremlin fully ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2008, 6:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
Deputy chief of the Russian army general staff Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn told reporters Aug. 20: "The president ordered us to stop where we were. We are not pulling out or pulling back troops behind this administrative border into South Ossetia," he said.
He pointed out the proposed Russian positions ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2008, 9:22 PM (GMT+02:00)
Russian UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin maintained at the UN Security Council Tuesday night, Aug. 19, that the French-brokered ceasefire accord his government and Georgia signed allows Russian troops to stay in a buffer zone on the Georgian side of the South Ossetian border.
Churkin objected to the draft's affirmation of Georgia's ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2008, 9:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report Moscow's planned retaliation for America's missile interceptors in Poland and US-Israeli military aid to Georgia may come in the form of installing Iskandar surface missiles in Syria and its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
Russian Baltic and Middle East warships, submarines and long-range bombers may be ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2008, 9:17 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's exclusive military sources reveal a Russian fleet of warships and marine forces massed opposite the semi-autonomous region of Ajaria on Georgia's southwestern border with Turkey, ready to punish what it regards as Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili's further provocations.
The appearance of five former Warsaw pact rulers alongside Saakashvili ...
What really started the sudden Caucasian flare-up? Why did Saakashvili boil this pot up for the West?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2008, 9:54 AM (GMT+02:00)
The latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly sifts through the welter of claims and counter-claims to pin down the whys and wherefores of this conflict - and, intriguingly, what lies behind Russia's overkill against Georgia.
This and other exclusive disclosures and insights are featured in our latest DEBKA-Net-Weekly issue out Friday.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008, 11:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
With no sign of a Russian military withdrawal from Georgia, Monday, Aug. 18, Russian president Dimitry Medvedev said, "Further aggression against Russian citizens will have a crushing response."
The pro-Moscow South Ossetian president Eduard Kokoity asked for a permanent Russian base in the breakaway province - not international observers.
US officials ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008, 9:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
Both sides in the Russian-Georgian war traded accusations of continuing the fighting and genocide Monday, Aug. 11, the fourth day of the conflict, as the Kremlin rejected the Georgian president's Mikhail Saakashvili's ceasefire document before it was delivered by the French and Finnish foreign ministers from Tbilisi.
The Russian ambassador ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008, 8:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
Moscow pumped more troops to the embattled breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia as the flare-up Saturday, Aug. 9 edged toward all-out war.
The Israeli military advisers commissioned by the Georgian president tried to hold back Friday's invasion of Tskhinvali. They then advised him to pull his army out of ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 18, 2008, 8:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, under heavy Russian siege, claimed Monday night, Aug. 11, that the Russians had invaded the country and "cut it in half". A full-scale retreat of Georgian troops was ordered from the border town of Gori to defend the capital ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2008, 10:59 PM (GMT+02:00)
The five-point document was first presented by French president Nicolas Sarkozy to President Dimitiy Medvedev in Moscow Tuesday, Aug. 12, after Moscow halted military operations in Georgia. It was later amended by Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili. Foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said his government does not object to the changes.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2008, 1:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
The flight took off from the Georgian capital Tuesday, Aug. 12, bound for Tel Aviv with Israeli visitors and scores of local Jews stranded in the country by the hostilities. Second and third flights are due later. Some 500 Israeli visitors and distressed local Georgian Jews asked to be evacuated.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 11, 2008, 6:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
Latest developments Sunday, Aug. 10, 08
- The Russian claim to have sunk a Georgian warship in the Black Sea during an attack on Russian vessels is not confirmed.
- Moscow rejected Georgia's appeal for a ceasefire, demanding its unconditional withdrawal from the breakaway South Ossetia, now controlled by superior Russian forces.