August 8, 2008 / 6:50 PM / in 11 years

Russia peacekeepers in "fierce" battle - agencies

MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Russian peacekeepers are waging a "fierce" battle with Georgian forces in South Ossetia and have suffered 12 dead and 150 wounded, the peacekeeping forces were quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

"Now our peacekeepers are waging a fierce battle with regular forces from the Georgian army in the southern region of Tskhinvali," a representative of the Russian force was quoted as saying by Interfax.

There were no details on the casualty figures. (Reporting by Conor Sweeney)



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