Russian troops destroying military facilities: Georgia

August 14th, 2008 - 8:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow/Tbilisi, Aug 14 (DPA) Georgian authorities Thursday said Russian forces were continuing to destroy Georgia’s military facilities. The online agency, Civil Georgia, cited Georgian border guards as saying that Russian soldiers had again entered the Black Sea port city of Poti and destroyed the radar facilities there.

Meanwhile, Georgian radio said that in the city of Senaki, near the border with the breakaway province Abkhazia, Russian troops had cleared out Georgian munitions depots, with loud explosions being heard. The radio’s reporter surmised that part of the munitions were being destroyed.

In Gori, 60 km north of Tbilisi, negotiations were, meanwhile, continuing over the return of Georgian police to the city. Georgian police vans were parked in a row on the city’s outskirts.

Earlier, the Russian defence ministry said that during the course of the day, Georgian police would again be placed in charge of controlling the city.

According to a report by the Itar-Tass agency in Tbilisi, Georgia’s interior ministry said that its own police had started to return to the city, but then left again in the face of a stepped-up Russian military presence.

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