FACTBOX: Developments in Georgia

Author : Mircea Birca | Sunday, August 10, 2008
Comments Off

(Reuters) – Following are developments in Georgia at 1030 gmt on Sunday:

– A senior Russian defense official said Russian troops controlled most of Tskhinvali, the South Ossetian capital.

– The Russian general staff confirmed that Georgian troops have started to leave Tskhinvali.

– A Georgian military convoy carrying troops and towing heavy artillery withdrew from South Ossetia through the village of Ergneti, just inside Georgian-controlled territory south of Tskhinvali.

– Russian warships which arrived at the Georgian Black Sea coast on Sunday have been ordered to prevent weapons from reaching the Caucasus state, Interfax news.

– Russia bombed a military airfield outside the Georgian capital early on Sunday and Tbilisi said the Russians were also massing troops in Abkhazia, another rebel region.

– An EU-U.S. delegation heads for Georgia to try to broker an end to the conflict.

– Georgia said Russia had landed 4,000 troops by sea in Abkhazia overnight.

– Georgia said Russian planes had bombed Georgia’s military airfield 12 km (8 miles) from Tbilisi, and a plant there producing Sukhoi Su-25 ground fighters. There were no injuries.

OTHER MOVES:

– The White House on Sunday deplored Russia’s military action in the Georgia conflict as “dangerous and disproportionate” and warned it could have a “significant long-term impact” on relations between Washington and Moscow.

– Britain advised its citizens to leave Georgia as soon as possible unless they had an urgent need to stay.

– Ukraine said it reserved the right to bar Russian warships sent to the Georgian coast from returning to their Ukrainian base, Sevastopol.

Both comments and pings are currently closed.