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Latest update : 2008-08-11

Georgia said Russian warplanes bombed more installations near its capital Tbilisi on Monday. Ceasefire efforts have failed as violence continues over the Russian-backed separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Violence continued on Monday between Georgia and the two Russian-backed separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, despite Georgia's withdrawal from South Ossetia and its calls for a ceasefire.

 

Georgia has accused Russia of continuing to carry out aerial bombardments within its territories, and a major artillery attack on the central city of Gori.

 

The deputy head of Russia's armed forces, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, denied his country had attacked any residential areas in Georgia.

 

According to the commander of the Russian peacekeeping forces, the Georgians are still firing at Russian positions in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali despite claims of withdrawal.

 


Russian navy sinks Georgian boat

 

 

Russia said it sank a Georgian boat carrying missile launchers after it attacked Russian ships.

 

The reports gave no indication as to which ships were involved in this incident or where it took place.

 

Earlier the navy  said Russian warships originally rumoured to be near Georgian waters had entered Novorossiisk, a Russian Black Sea port to the north.

 


Tbilisi airports bombed

 

 

Earlier on Sunday, a Reuters correspondent said Russia had dropped a bomb 200 metres (650 feet) from a runway at Tbilisi International Airport. The Georgian interior minister confirmed the report.



An AFP reporter had witnessed a plane dropping bombs on a separate military air field on the edge of Tbilisi. Interfax news agency reported they had hit a military aircraft factory.

 

 

South Ossetian capital under Russian control


Russian and Georgian forces have been engaged in open fighting for control of South Ossetia since Friday. Most of the fighting has focused on Tskhinvali the breakaway territory's de facto capital, with Georgia trying to maintain control of the city against the advancement of Russian troops. Russian tanks reached the capital on Friday afternoon.


According to Russian military sources, Georgian forces have started withdrawing from Tskhinvali leaving the city under Russian control, RIA Novosti said.


About 40,000 people have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing unrest in Georgia, a spokeswoman for the International Committe for the Red Cross (ICRC) told AFP Sunday.

Date created : 2008-08-11

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