“Let us live and act so that the borders will not divide people, but bring them closer together.”
Alexander Dubček, who was leader of Czechoslovakia until 40 years ago today, 21 August 1968, when Soviet tanks rolled into the country to put an end to the Prague Spring and Mr. Dubček’s hopes for “a free, modern, and profoundly humane society.”
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According to Deutsche Welle on 21 August 2008,
The Kremlin announced it had begun its first substantial troop pullbacks in Georgia, but army-operated road and rail checkpoints remained in place throughout the areas occupied by Russian forces.
Combat elements of Russia’s 58th Army were evacuating the vicinity of the north Georgian town Gori and would return to Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia over the next two days, a Russian army spokesman told the Interfax news agency on Thursday, Aug. 21.
The first 100-vehicle column had reached the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali by 9 a.m. Thursday morning, the official said.
Georgian media showed images of Russian tanks and personnel carriers moving north from Gori, but Russian road checkpoints remained in place, eyewitnesses said.
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Speaking with your children about current events? Peter Sís’s The Wall is highly recommended.
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