Georgians asked Russian soldiers to save them during Georgian military attacks of South Ossetia. "War is always a tragedy. Peaceful Georgian residents also suffered. Local residents asked, "Father, don't leave us! When your soldiers leave us, we will perish!"
Certainly, we tried to support them," head of the Air Landing Troops and Strategic Missile Forces section of the Moscow Patriarchate Synodal Department for cooperation with law-enforcement bodies and the armed forces Archpriest Mikhail Vasilyev said in his interview published by the Krasnaya Zvezda paper on Tuesday.
He noted, "None of Georgian churches or houses were destroyed" by Russian militants in the course of the conflict.
"They even brought Georgian police to Poti and Gori! Priests worked at the platoon posts. Metropolitans of Poty and Gory expressed their gratitude to our militants for human attitude to people, for giving bodies of the killed Georgian militants to their relatives," Fr. Mikhail said.
The priest also told that not long before Georgia unleashed its military campaign, he attended the Caucasus 2008 military exercises in the South Ossetia, where paratroopers honed their military skills in mountains.
"Unfortunately, they had to use their skills very soon. Militants of "winged infantry" even didn't have time to come back home from their maneuvers! It once again proves that statements of Georgian side about "planned aggression" are absolute disinformation. The Georgian side practiced planned geopolitical scenarios. Many documents prove that foreign experts participated in getting ready for this war," he said.