Thousands Flee as Russia Attacks Central Georgia

Russian army bombards Gori as war moves beyond provinces
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2008 4:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Thousands of Georgians are fleeing the central city of Gori as the Russian army continues to wage major attacks beyond South Ossetia, reports the Times of London. Russia launched a massive aerial bombardment of Gori amid reports that it was on the verge of a ground invasion. The move from South Ossetian territory into Georgia proper is a chilling sign that Russia is going well beyond its stated intention to secure the breakaway province, and seeks to punish Georgia.

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Russian forces also conducted an air strike on an air traffic control center and a special forces battalion located outside the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. According to some reports, the Russian army has moved into Abkhazia, the second of Georgia's semi-independent provinces. Washington has issued a stern warning, with Dick Cheney's office declaring, "Russian aggression must not go unanswered." (Read more Georgia stories.)

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