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A South Ossetian killed by a sharpshooter2008-11-10 09:44
On Wednesday, November 5, in the South Ossetian village Korkula a local resident was wounded to death by a sharpshooter's bullet.
Oleg Gigolaev, born in Disev village, was murdered in his car "VAZ-2107". The law-enforcement agencies of the Republic of South Ossetia initiated a criminal case on the incident.
The inquest established that the shot had been made with a sharpshooter gun from the territory of Georgia controlled by EU observers. However they who replaced Russian peacemakers in the security zone around South Ossetia and took the responsibility of stability maintenance in the area have not reacted to what has happened yet.
After the August conflict this is not the first attempt at breaking peace in the region by Georgia. Over the past few months a number of provocations and grave regime violations in the security zone were committed. For example the bridge over the Tirifoni river that connects Zemo Artsevi village in Ossetia with the Georgian village Kveshi was blown up on October 31. Then the Georgian authorities stated that it was a fact of diversion from the Ossetians who presumably tried not to allow the EU mission monitoring in their territory. Besides, the kidnapping of Ossetians by Georgians has become regular. The latest fact of this kind was reported by the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of South Ossetia on October 17: three residents of Artsev village disappeared.
In connection with the current situation the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia has appealed to the leaders of the European Union to reconsider the mandate of their observers that are in the Georgian territory in order to maintain adequate efficiency of their work in respect of regional security. This appeal remains unanswered.
It will be remembered that on October 17 the posts of the Ministry of the Interior of South Ossetia received the order to open a return fire in case of gunning from the Georgian positions. This was caused by unprovoked machine-gun bursts from the Georgian village Nikozi aimed at the posts of law-enforcement agencies of the Republic of South Ossetia.