Medvedev promises to punish Georgia

Commenting on the situation in South Ossetia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia will not tolerate impunity for the deaths of their compatriots."In accordance with the Constitution and federal laws, as the Russian President, I am obliged to protect the lives and dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are," - said Medvedev at a Security Council meeting, which takes place at this moment in the Kremlin.Commenting on the situation in South Ossetia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia will not tolerate impunity for the deaths of their compatriots."In accordance with the Constitution and federal laws, as the Russian President, I am obliged to protect the lives and dignity of Russian citizens wherever they are," - said Medvedev at a Security Council meeting, which takes place at this moment in the Kremlin.

According to him, the logic of the steps we have taken is dictated by these circumstances, said "Russian news service"."We will not allow the death of our compatriots to go

unpunished, the perpetrators will be punished," - he said, adding that Russia "has been and remains the guarantor of the security of the Caucasus peoples."

"actions of the Georgian side resulted in casualties, including among Russian peacekeepers," - said the head of state, and "the situation has reached the point that the peacekeepers from the Georgian side were shooting at Russian peacekeepers with whom were required to carry out its missionthe preservation of peace in the region. ""Right now, in South Ossetia, killing innocent civilians - women, children, old people and most of them -. Russian citizens", - stated Medvedev, PRIME-TASS reported.

Recall that Georgia last night in violation of all international agreements, and the words on the eve of President Saakashvili, has carried out a treacherous attack on the breakaway republic of South Ossetia, using heavy weapons.During the shelling by Georgian troops in South Ossetia's capital of Tskhinvali, three Russian peacekeepers were wounded."There is a direct hit to the barracks artsnaryadov peacekeepers in Tskhinvali," - he told the representative of the command.According to him, "there are among peacekeepers wounded as a result of direct hits to the barracks in Tskhinvali artsnaryadov or missiles."

number of civilian victims of the Georgian aggression, yet can not be estimated.According to news agencies, the capital of the unrecognized republic Tskhinvali almost completely destroyed from the face of the earth four South Ossetian village erased.Despite early reports that Georgia managed to take the capital of South Ossetia, the head of the unrecognized republic Eduard Kokoity claims that South Ossetian forces control the city.

Meanwhile, the international community represented by the UN Security Council, whose emergency meeting was convened at the request of Russia, has expressed concern at the deteriorating situation in South Ossetia, but did not support the statement of the Russian Federation, calling on conflicting parties to cease fire."We express regret over the impossibility at this point to take a decision on this issue", - said Deputy postpredstavitelya UK to the UN Karen Pierce."We hope that this will be possible in the coming days The absence of the decision taken at this meeting does not indicate that the Security Council is not seized of the matter." - She added.

However, a little later with the harsh statements made by the US State Department, Council of Europe and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, who demanded an immediate ceasefire by all parties to the conflict.