Georgia pounded the capital of its breakaway South Ossetia province with heavy weapons on Thursday after a ceasefire broke down within hours and separatists said they were under siege.
"Georgian troops are storming Tskhinvali (the capital). They are bombing the city," South Ossetia's separatist leader, Eduard Kokoity, told Russian news agencies.
Let us hope that cool heads ultimately prevail in Tbilisi, Tskhinvali, and Moscow.
This is the kind of situation which can spin out of control and ultimately inflame the entire region.