Very quietly, Georgia and Russia escalated their war in South Ossetia. After the air raids of yesterday, today Russian tanks are closing in the capital of South Ossetia, Tskhinvali.

Former president, now prime-minister, and acting tzar Putin admitted: war has started.

Georgia is a key western ally and a much-needed pathway for pipelines linking the Caspian Sea region to the western, bypassing Russia.

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