August 13, 2008 10:54 AM

Russia working to destroy Georgia's wounded military

Russia's attacks on Wednesday, including occupying two military bases well outside the truce lines and burning three Georgian coast guard vessels in the port of Poti, seemed to be a systematic effort to destroy what remains of Georgia's military equipment and capabilities, Georgian officials said. The moves prompted President Bush to order U.S. military units to deliver humanitarian aid, setting up a possible U.S.-Russia confrontation. Witnesses said the Russians also seemed to be encouraging the burning and looting of Georgian villages.

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