Thousands of civilians were caught up in fighting in and around South Ossetia, which began on 7 August when Georgia tried to retake the region by force after a series of lower-level clashes with Russian-backed rebels.

It's interesting how the BBC has so completely changed its tune in the four months since placing the blame firmly on Russian policy.

It was obvious at the time, at least to me, how wrong they were and it's nice to see a change of heart on the issue albeit a subtle one. I particularly loved how the G8 was bitching about Russia being on another country's sovereign soil, when Georgia was in the Iraq coalition. That made me giggle a bit.