Georgian forces have withdrawn from the embattled breakaway territory of South Ossetia, where they had been fighting Russia for control of the de facto capital Tskhinvali. Russian troops are advancing on several fronts.
Russian and Georgian forces have been engaged in open fighting for control of
Fresh attacks in Abkhazia
Abkhazia has become the theatre of recent attacks. According to the Georgian state television, Russian planes have bombed the region of Kodori, the only part of Abkhazia controlled by Georgians. Russian ground troops have also reportedly entered the region to join 1,000 Abkhazian separatist fighters to launch attacks on Georgian troops.
“The new front in Abkhazia is a test, a way for Russians to see how far they can go” says
Georgian National Security Council Secretary Alexander Lomaia told AFP that his country “has left practically all of
Meanwhile, Russian warships arrived at the
“A coastal blockade would mean war with
An ongoing conflict
The situation worsened over the past few months, after
Othar Zourabichivili, president of the Georgian association of
The conflict's escalation can be attributed to two factors, says
Both countries blame each other for the escalating violence. Georgian President Mikhaïl Saakashvili accused
In the absence of independent verification, there are conflicting figures on the number of casualties suffered since the beginning of the conflict. According to Georgian Foreign minister Eka Tkeshelashvili, the conflict with Russia has claimed 150 lives including 40 civilians, but Russian estimates the civilian death toll to be of nearly 2,000.
“Future peace talks can only be based on the respect of Georgian territorial integrity,” insisted NATO representative Carmen Romero when interviewed by
A joint European-US mission is heading for
Date created : 2008-08-10