UPDATE 8/12/2008 9:30 am:
Per The Independent UK—Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said earlier today that he had ordered an end to military operations in Georgia. But Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze told Reuters that Russian jets were still targeting civilians.
UPDATE 8/11/2008 8:18 AM:
Here’s a link to a post which illustrates McCain’s prescience on Russia and Putin as far back as 1999 (two video embeds)
UPDATE 8/10/2008 5:32 PM:
From the NY Times, here is a summary that seems to provide some glimpse into Russia’s objectives…
A column of Russian forces was also seeking Sunday night to enter Georgian territory from Abkhazia, another separatist enclave to the west, and Abkhaz fighters were massed at the boundary line, an Abkhaz official said in an interview.
The advance appeared to answer the question on which the conflict had been pivoting: Would Russia simply occupy the two separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, or would it push into Georgia, raising the possibility of a full-scale invasion?
Gori, about a 45-minute drive south from the capital of South Ossetia, Tskinvali, sits in a valley that is the main route connecting the east and west halves of Georgia.
Mr. Utiashvili said the Russians were “trying to cut the country in half.” He said that if they tried to occupy Georgia, “there will probably be guerilla warfare all over the country.”
In Washington, American officials reacted with deepening alarm to Russia’s military activities on Sunday. Georgian troops had tried to disengage, but the Russians had not allowed them.
“The Georgians told them, ‘We’re done. Let us withdraw,” one American military official said. “But the Russians are not letting them withdraw. They are pursuing them, and people are seeing this.”
Additionally, it was reported that last night that Russia was bombing the Tbilisi International Airport and today is bombing a military airport at Tbilisi.
Read the article at Daily Mail Online UK.