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Russia's NATO envoy has said that Ukrainian weapons were delivered
Russia's NATO envoy has said that Ukrainian weapons were delivered to Georgia, and that the last delivery came as Georgian forces were attacking breakaway South Ossetia.

"The last such case [of arms supplies] took place on August 8," Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday evening.

Georgian forces began their attack on South Ossetia late on August 7, continuing it the next day. Russia subsequently launched a military operation to "force Georgia to peace." The operation was concluded on August 12.

Rogozin said that he could not state with certainty that there was a link between recent blasts at Ukrainian munitions warehouses and the dissolution of the Ukrainian parliament with the activities of a Ukrainian ad-hoc parliamentary investigation commission into possible deliveries of weapons into the South Ossetian conflict zone.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved the country's parliament on Wednesday evening over a failure by MPs to form a new ruling coalition. Snap elections will be held on December 7.

The pro-Western ruling alliance collapsed in September over differences on a range of issues, including the Russia-Georgia war. Yushchenko had accused Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of "treason and political corruption" over her failure to back him in his support for Georgia and condemnation of Russia's actions during the conflict.

The head of the investigation commission spoke yesterday of the existence of documents confirming the illegal sales of the Buk-M1 air defense system to Georgia, which was used to shoot down a number of Russian planes during the five-day war.

"I do not rule out the possibility that the dissolution of parliament may be partially caused by the desire to hamper the work of the commission, but we will certainly finish our investigation and make the results public," MP Valery Konovalyuk said.

Ukraine's State Council on Security and Defense immediately dismissed Konovalyuk's allegations, calling them "absurd."

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on October 2 that he considered alleged Ukrainian arms supplies to Georgia during the recent war over South Ossetia "a crime."

"I don't think there is a graver crime than supplying arms to a conflict zone," Putin told his Ukrainian counterpart, Yulia Tymoshenko, during their meeting at the Russian premier's residence near Moscow.

He also said that he regretted "that Ukraine thought it acceptable to supply weapons to the conflict zone."

Putin also said Moscow had evidence proving that Ukrainian military experts were present in the conflict zone.

Russia earlier accused Ukraine of supplying Georgia with some of the heavy weaponry, including tanks and multiple-launch rocket systems, used in its attack on the rebel republic. Kiev has denied the allegations.

Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, another breakaway Georgia region, as independent states on August 26.


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