The Russian forces will establish two lines of checkpoints in “a security zone” in the vicinity of South Ossetia, Anatoly Nogovitsin, deputy chief of the general staff of the Russian armed forces, said on August 20.
“In frames of the peacekeeping mandate we are establishing two lines of checkpoints,” Nogovitsin stated. “The first line will include eight checkpoints across the line of zone of responsibility of the Russian peacekeepers. The second line – involving 10 checkpoints – will be set across the administrative border of South Ossetia. Total of 272 soldiers will be deployed on the eight checkpoints of the first line.”
“There will be a buffer zone between these two lines,” he added.
He did not give any other details or specifics about the exact area of the zone; however, he stated that the town of Gori would not be included in the zone.