Argument: Russia sent troops to Georgia to defend its peacekeepers
"Over 10 Russian peacekeepers killed in South Ossetia: agencies". Reuters. 8 Aug 2008 - MOSCOW (Reuters) - More than 10 Russian peacekeepers have been killed during fighting in Tskhinvali, the capital of Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, news agencies quoted a top Russian military commander as saying on Friday.
"As a result of Georgian shelling more than 10 of our peacekeepers were killed and nearly 30 were wounded," deputy commander of ground forces Igor Konashenkov said.