European foreign ministers have been outraged by Russiaâ€™s actions in Georgia, and Franceâ€™s Bernard Kouchner went on French television last night to make a spectacular allegation.
If his claims are backed up with solid evidence, then international condemnation of Russia could build, but for some it may already be too late.
â€œI just want to say, hereâ€™s the map of South Ossetia, and hereâ€™s a town called Akhalgori, and Iâ€™ve been told that tonight Russian troops are sweeping through it pushing Georgians out and over the border. Itâ€™s ethnic cleansing, creating a homogeneous South Ossetia. That is unacceptable, we canâ€™t accept everything,â€ said Kouchner, jabbing at a map on the evening news.
Britainâ€™s Foreign Secretary David Milliband is in Ukraine today along with Kouchner as they try to build a united coalition of nations critical of Russia. He said Georgiaâ€™s territorial integrity cannot be modified by decree from Moscow, and that its recognition of the two new states inflames an already tense situation.