While the World Celebrates The Olympic Games War Rages ON!
Russia bombs Georgia airfield, fears of new front
Georgia ‘pulls out of S Ossetia’
A Georgian man cries near the body of his relative after a bombardment in Gori, 80 km (50 miles) from Tbilisi, August 9, 2008.
TBILISI (Reuters) – Russia bombed a military airport outside the Georgian capital early on Sunday and Tbilisi said Moscow was massing troops in a second breakaway region of Georgia as fighting raged for control of South Ossetia. Watch Russian Airstrike Against Civilian Area (Plus Aftermath)
There were signs of a second front opening in the conflict, with Georgia accusing Russia of sending troops by sea to the larger rebel region of Abkhazia on the Black Sea.
A U.N. peacekeeping official also warned of an imminent military offensive by the Abkhaz who, like the South Ossetians, broke with Tbilisi in the early 1990s after a war.
Russia bombed Georgia’s military airport 12 km (8 miles) from Tbilisi early on Sunday, the latest target in a Russian air assault on its small neighbor following a Georgian push to re-take the pro-Moscow enclave of South Ossetia.
A Georgian ceasefire offer went unheeded by Moscow and separatists in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali reported that Georgian forces, dug in on high ground outside the town, were continuing to fire on the town.
“The Georgians have dug in at the heights and they don’t want to leave. Our fighters, aided by the Russians, have been trying to flush them out of there,” Irina Gagloyeva, spokeswoman for the rebel administration, told Reuters by telephone. She said there was a break in shooting in the early hours.
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