Photo Gallery Georgia's Wilted Roses

A European Union commission investigating the events of last summer's conflict between Russia and Georgia is shining an unfavorable light on Mikheil Saakashvili. A secret document may prove that the Georgian president had planned a war of aggression in South Ossetia.
1 / 4

A European Union commission investigating the events of last summer's war in the Caucasus is shining an unfavorable light on Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Here, a column of Russian armored vehicles moves toward the border with Russia's North Ossetia on Aug. 24, 2008.

Read the article: President Saakashvili under Pressure from EU Probe 

Foto: AP
2 / 4

The European Union launched an enquiry last December into the causes of the 2008 South Ossetia war. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, there is evidence that Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili was not repelling "Russian aggression," as he continues to claim to this day, but was planning a war of aggression.

Read the article: President Saakashvili under Pressure from EU Probe 

Foto: DPA
3 / 4

On Aug. 7, Mamuka Kurashvili, the commander of the Georgian peacekeeping forces that had been stationed in South Ossetia before the war, told the press that Georgia had decided "to reestablish constitutional order in the entire region." He may have been quoting directly from a secret document that could shed light on the question of who started the war.

Read the article: President Saakashvili under Pressure from EU Probe 

Foto: AP
4 / 4

Swiss Lieutenant-General Christophe Keckeis, who is part of the EU fact-finding mission, looks at a burned-out building in central Tskhinvali in this March 6 photo.

Read the article: President Saakashvili under Pressure from EU Probe 

Foto: AFP
Die Wiedergabe wurde unterbrochen.