Waving, from left, separatists Abkhazian, South Ossetian, and Russian flags, Abkhazians celebrate Russian President's Dmitry Medvedev's recognizing the independence of the breakaway Georgian territories.
Waving, from left, separatists Abkhazian, South Ossetian, and Russian flags, Abkhazians celebrate Russian President's Dmitry Medvedev's recognizing the independence of the breakaway Georgian territories. Vladimir Popov / AP
Waving, from left, separatists Abkhazian, South Ossetian, and Russian flags, Abkhazians celebrate Russian President's Dmitry Medvedev's recognizing the independence of the breakaway Georgian territories. Vladimir Popov / AP

Russia defies West, recognizes breakaway Georgia regions

August 26, 2008 05:06 PM

UPDATED August 27, 2008 12:48 AM

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