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Georgia's offer for ceasefire fails to halt violence

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Violence continues Sunday in Georgia and the two Russian-backed separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, despite Georgia’s offer for a ceasefire.

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Violence continues Sunday in Georgia and the two Russian-backed separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, despite Georgia’s offer for a ceasefire.

 

Georgia has accused Russia of carrying out aerial bombardments in several locations in Georgia while the deputy head of Russia's armed forces, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, denied that its country had attacked any residential areas in Georgia.

 


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 which ships were involved in the incident or where it took place.

 

The navy earlier said Russian warships originally said to be near Georgian waters had put into Novorossiisk, a Russian Black Sea port to the north.

 


Tbilisi airports bombed

 

 

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



Before that, 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, with Georgia trying to maintain control of the city against the advance of Russian troops. Russian tanks reached the capital on Friday afternoon.


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


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

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