September 30, 2009 2:42 PM

EU finds Georgia started war, but Russia allowed atrocities

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was unjustified when he ordered a military incursion into breakaway South Ossetia last year, a European Union-commissioned report released Wednesday concludes. But Russia's untrue claims that Georgia had killed 2,000 civilians in its initial assault gave South Ossetian militias operating behind Russian lines an excuse to torture and execute Georgian prisoners amid a campaign of looting, burning and kidnapping, the report found.

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