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August 17, 2008

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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