By that time peacekeepers had a critical situation - they was fired upon by Georgian tanks from point-blank range, in the city there was a "layer cake" of Georgian units and South-Ossetian militia; three hours earlier, mechanised battlegroup of 693-rd regiment rushed into a city from north-west, but in the same time Georgians brought up their reserves. There was no point in staying on Galuan hill, and I decided to move with command group to southern outskirt of Tskhinval along with company, which is was on their way to unblocking of the peacekeepers. On the road fork company went ahead, and I stayed with militia to get more info about the situation. In reserve, I had one platoon from company which is covered the rear and artillery. Moving from a road fork to peacekeeping battalion on APCs of 135-th regiment, we are bump into a retreating Georgian unit of 30-40 men that ran straight at us on the road. We had to dismount and take the fight, but it turn out to be that a Georgian special forces was hiding in the bushes on this same place, and we actually got encircled while the reserve that is covered our rear still wasn't got here. In a course of short fight we pelted SF with grenades, and fought off running on the road Georgians by assault rifles fire. I had an APC driver's rifle with clips and grenades in a pocket as usual, and one [grenade] attached [he means, probably, the grenade attached with cord inside a pocket: russian officers tend to do this since first Chechen war in the order to avoid to be captured], and a pistol. But there is no Georgian ambush or special tracking of me or command group, this is just a coincidence. At war like at war!
- How many people was with you?
- 8 to 9 men, not more, and group of journalists, joined to us in a morning. In this fight was killed major Vetchinov, I was seriously wounded, also was wounded journalist Aleksandr Sladkov and RTR cameraman Leonid Losev