Russia lost 64 troops in Georgia war, 283 wounded

MOSCOW Sat Feb 21, 2009 12:28pm GMT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A total of 64 Russian servicemen were killed during last year's war with Georgia and in the immediate aftermath, while another 283 were wounded and three are missing, the deputy defense minister said on Saturday.

General Nikolai Pankov said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio that the figures were recorded from August 8 to August 24.

Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war in August when Russian troops repelled a Georgian assault on the region of South Ossetia, which threw off Georgian rule in the early 1990s.

Georgia says 228 Georgian civilians and 169 servicemen were killed.

The Investigative Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office says it has so far documented the deaths of 165 South Ossetians. During the war, Russia cited a South Ossetian death toll of 2,000.

Russia and former Soviet Georgia both deny using excessive force or targeting civilians.

(Writing by Simon Shuster; editing by Elizabeth Piper)