Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

'Macron Economics'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French government crisis: 'Krankreich' not Frankreich

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Macron-economics, the former banker turned minister

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande's Last Chance: Can Weakened President Reform Without Left Flank? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Hollande's Last Chance: Can Weakened President Reform Without Left Flank?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

"The capital of sex, drugs, alcohol, trash and trashy tourism"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Actor Orlando Jones lauches "Bullet Bucket Challenge"

Read more

WEB NEWS

Russian aid convoy: mission accomplished ?

Read more

ENCORE!

France's Ongoing Literary Love Affair

Read more

  • France’s Hollande puts young ex-banker in top economy post

    Read more

  • Airstrikes and Assad - Obama’s military conundrum in Syria

    Read more

  • Video: Iraq’s Yazidis flee to spiritual capital of Lalish

    Read more

  • IMF’s Lagarde put under formal investigation in French corruption case

    Read more

  • American journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US

    Read more

  • In pictures: France’s new ministers

    Read more

  • Far-right ‘Russian Jihad’ fighters cross into Ukraine

    Read more

  • 'Lasting' ceasefire agreed for Gaza, Abbas says

    Read more

  • American 'Islamic State fighter' killed in Syria

    Read more

  • The ‘war’ at the heart of France’s ruling party

    Read more

  • Burger King to buy Canada's Tim Hortons for $11 billion

    Read more

  • Rebels 'shoot down' UN helicopter in South Sudan

    Read more

  • Air France pilots threaten September strike

    Read more

  • WHO seeks stricter regulation for e-cigarettes

    Read more

  • World’s ’most expensive’ apartment to go on sale in Monaco

    Read more

  • Egypt, UAE carried out airstrikes in Libya, says US

    Read more

Gori: 'The Russians are coming'

Latest update : 2008-08-12

Amid rumours of a Russian ground attack on the Georgian city of Gori, Georgian troops retreated to the capital, Tbilisi, on Monday. FRANCE 24's Nicolas Ransom and Tim Grucza witnessed the retreat with their fixer, Koba.

Georgian troops withdrew from the city of Gori Monday amid rumours of a Russian ground attack.

 

The city has been bombed by Russian warplanes for several days, and there have been persistent rumours that "the Russians are coming."

 

On Monday morning, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Georgian President Mikheïl Saakachvili visited Gori to tour residential areas damaged by Russian bombs.

 

During Saakachvili's visit, FRANCE 24's Tim Grucza and Nicolas Ransom saw a low-flying Russian plane. The plane prompted Saakachvili's bodyguards to take emergency security measures. 

 

As rumours of a Russian ground attack spread, Georgian troops were ordered to retreat. The FRANCE 24 team followed as soldiers and medical personnel prepared a hasty departure and set off toward the capital, Tbilisi.

 

On the road leading away from Gori, small-arms fire and a burning Georgian tank were signs of an apparent firefight as the Georgians withdrew.

 

By nightfall, most Georgian troops had found refuge on the outskirts of Tbilisi,  "the last line of defence", according to Grucza.

 

To watch the report, click 'Play Video' above

Date created : 2008-08-12

COMMENT(S)