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Georgia tries to discredit Russian army (08.08.12)

An investigation into the Georgian-Ossetian conflict in August 2008 has determined that Georgian military servicemen simulated crimes allegedly committed by Russian soldiers during Russia peace enforcement operation against Georgia, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said.

"In the course of an investigation into this criminal case, facts have been established confirming Georgian authorities' actions aimed at discrediting the Russian armed forces," Markin.

In particular, "corpses of dead Georgian servicemen were dressed in civilian clothing in order to fabricate photo and video evidence of significant civilian casualties in Georgian villages," he said.

"Testimony obtained from witnesses also indicates that, to spread propaganda and mislead residents of Georgia and the international community before Russian troops entered the city of Gori and other populated areas located near the border with Georgia, Ukrainian mercenaries dressed in Russian military uniforms took part in fabricating photo and video evidence of violence and looting by Russian soldiers against peaceful civilians living in Georgian villages," Markin said.

The investigation into the August 2008 events in South Ossetia is continuing, and the deadline by which it should be completed has been extended until February 8, 2013, he said.