Wednesday, February 11, 2009
A group of Russian troops stationed in South Ossetia have reportedly entered the Georgian territory attempting to construct fortifications.
The Georgian Interior Ministry said in a statement released on Wednesday that the Russian forces deployed a 50-strong unit and an armored personnel carrier on the Georgian side of South Ossetia’s border in the village of Kvemo Nikozi.
As a result of the deployment which came at 12:30 pm local time (0820 GMT), the Georgian police post in the villag were ‘blocked’. There was, however, no indication that the contingent was moving any further into Georgian territory.
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â€śThe ministry of internal affairs deplores such activities and calls upon the Russian side to cease illegal activities and the continued occupation of Georgian territories,â€ť the statement issued by the Georgian Interior Ministry said.
The Wednesday incident comes as Moscow has at times been accused by Tbilisi of not heeding a European Union-brokered ceasefire that calls on Russian forces to return to positions they held before the Caucasus conflict.
Tension between Georgia and Russia emerged in August after Tbilisi launched an all-out military strike against South Ossetia. Moscow responded by moving in its forces to protect its peacekeepers and South Ossetians, most of whom hold Russian citizenship.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 11:22 am