There is no question, the government of Georgia provoked the situation which resulted in war and death. South Ossetia was invaded and had a right to seek assistance from Russia. But, it is time for all parties to end hostilities and get down to the real issue of how best to ensure peace and stability in the region. The European Union is demanding that Russia either provide detailed information about alleged violations of the cease fire in order to allow monitors to actually make certain violence ends. So far, EU monitors have been unable to verify Russian reports which are vague.
The world has enough of such stand-offs between opposing forces. They always begin with refusal on either side to adhere to agreements, and twenty years later they have escalated into violence and hatred. Russia would do well to work for peace in the region.