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August 17, 2008 5:28 PM

Tour of Tskhinvali undercuts Russian claim of genocide

The Russian rationale for invading Georgia was that Georgian troops were killing civilians in Tskihinvali, the capital of South Ossetia. But a tour of the city without official escorts on Sunday undercut that version of events. While there's evidence of heavy fighting, there's little to support Russian claims of hundreds of dead. A doctor at the city's main hospital, the only one open during the battles that began late on Aug. 7, said the facility recorded just 40 deaths.

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