Georgia's other separatist region, Abkhazia, has launched a military offensive against Georgia in the disputed Kodori gorge, according to Russia's Interfax news agency.
Forces of the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia launched on Tuesday a new attack on Georgian troops in a sliver of the region held by Tbilisi, Interfax news agency reported, citing Abkhaz separatists.
The operation to force Georgian troops from the Upper Kodori Gorge began at 6:00 am (0200 GMT), in the most recent such operation in several days, the news agency quoted Abkhazia's self-styled defence ministry as saying.
Russia's Vesti-24 television channel reported intense gunfire in the heights of the Kodori Gorge and bombardment of the area by Abkhaz warplanes.
Abkhazia is one of two Russian-backed separatist regions of Georgia along with South Ossetia, which has been the site of fierce fighting between Russian and Georgian forces in recent days.
Date created : 2008-08-12