Colonel Ivan Petrik, chief of staff of the Russian mission in South Ossetia, was killed in a car bomb attack Friday near his base in Tskhinvali, according to Russian media, which cited investigators as saying Georgia was behind the attack.
On Friday, seven Russian peacekeepers died and another seven were wounded when a car filled with explosives blew up near their base in Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital, news agencies reported.
RIA Novosti on Saturday quoted a representative of
"Petrik was severely wounded by the blast wave and died at the explosion site," RIA quoted the official as saying.
South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity on Friday blamed Georgian security services for the blast. The Georgian Interior Ministry denied the charges.
Months of skirmishes between separatists and Georgian troops erupted into war in August when
Russian forces subsequently drove Georgian government troops out of
The West has condemned
Under a plan mediated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, EU monitors have now entered a Russian-controlled buffer zone around
EU ceasefire monitors were continuing operations despite security concerns after the blast.
A spokesman for the mission said unarmed monitors had been patrolling as normal on Saturday, including within the Russian-controlled buffer zone adjacent to
Date created : 2008-10-04