President Mikhail Saakashvili has denied that Georgia’s armed forces committed war crimes during their attack on South Ossetia in August. Evidence obtained by the BBC in the breakaway region suggests Georgia used indiscriminate force, and may have targeted civilians. Witnesses said tanks had fired on an apartment block, and civilians were shot at as they fled the fighting. The BBC visit also confirmed the systematic destruction of villages inside South Ossetia that were inhabited by ethnic Georgians. Some homes appeared to have been not just burned by Ossetians, but also bulldozed by the territory’s Russian-backed authorities. (BBC)

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