Source AP ©

South Ossetia downs Georgian spy plane

The interior minister of the separatist-held Georgian region of South Ossetia says his forces have shot down an unmanned Georgian spy plane.

Mikhail Mindzayev said the drone was shot down over South Ossetia on Thursday by local forces. Mindzayev said it had crossed into South Ossetia from the south, meaning it was of Georgian origin.

A Georgian official denied that the country had sent any drone over South Ossetia. Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili says Mindzayev is "seeing things."

South Ossetia, with Russia's support, has fought to become independent of Georgia. Russia on Monday recognized the region as an independent nation.

Russian forces have turned over 12 Georgian soldiers on the border of one of the separatist provinces that are now under Russian control.

The release along the Inguri River that separates Abkhazia from Georgia proper was a small gesture of cooperation amid the high tensions following the end of open hostilities between Georgia and Russia.

The soldiers had been captured in Georgia's port city of Poti on Aug. 18 and driven away in trucks blindfolded and handcuffed. During Thursday's handover, the soldiers appeared unharmed and some were smiling.

Ten had been released earlier.

Ukrainian bloggers draw a parallel between the events in East Timor and the Crimea. Any comparison has a right to exist, but a detailed analysis of the situation does not give a promising forecast to Ukraine

Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Comments
Aretha Franklin: A colossus, a woman, a lady, a light and a soul
The Sham called Democracy
The insane idea in Germany: "pedophilia normal love"
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
The Sham called Democracy
The Sham called Democracy
The end of the theory of a Nobel Prize in chemistry?
Aretha Franklin: A colossus, a woman, a lady, a light and a soul
Russia to respond with military-strategic blow to new USA's sanctions
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Peculiarities of Russian sex
Russia must build strong Orthodox coalition in Europe to defeat the West
Ukraine dreams of what it can do to Crimea after winning war with Russia
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Putin in Austria: Europe doesn't like Russia very much, but it is fed up with USA too
Aretha Franklin: A colossus, a woman, a lady, a light and a soul
The Sham called Democracy