En amerikansk tjenestemann sier USA er dypt bekymret over russernes oppførsel: De angriper utenfor Sør-Ossetia, og indikerer dermed at målet er noe annet enn det offisielle om å forsvare sørosseterne. Russerne benytter strategiske bombefly i sine angrep, og de angriper sivile mål.
The Bush administration official, who briefed reporters on condition his name not be used because of the sensitive nature of the situation, said Russia has attacked areas in Georgia that are far away from the separatist province of South Ossetia, where the fighting has centered. The official also said the Russian military is striking civilian targets.
«They have employed strategic bombers — the most potent air weaponry that is in the Russian arsenal …. They actually launched ballistic missile attacks on Georgian territory,» the official said. He also said Russia has sent more than 1,000 paratroopers and armor into the region.
Russian bombing has also taken place in Abkhazia, a separate breakaway region of Georgia, far from South Ossetia, the official said.
Tjenestemannen finner det også merkelig at russerne nekter å ta imot tilbudet om våpenhvile. Man vil ikke en gang snake med georgerine.
«The Georgians have offered a cease-fire. The response by the Russians has been to step up the attacks, continue bombing civilians with strategic air assets and then to reject the notion of any international mediation at all — it’s very difficult for us to understand that,» the official said. «It is simply not acceptable that anyone would reject an offer of a cease-fire and a plea for international mediation.»