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Georgian troops fire rockets at seperatist South Ossetian troops
Georgia claimed today to have downed two Russian warplanes over its territory after the former Soviet neighbours came into direct conflict over the breakaway province of South Ossetia.
Tbilisi mobilised its army reserves and launched a major military offensive overnight to regain control over the province, raising fears of an all-out war that could draw in Russia.
Moscow backs the separatists, most of whom are Russian citizens, and has its own "peackeepers" in South Ossetia.