Russian and Georgian sources are reporting Russian Air Force strikes on Georgian military facilities throughout Georgia. The port of Poti has also reportedly been bombed. Several Georgian aircraft were destroyed on the Marneuli air base near the Georgian capital Tbilissi. The Vaziani military base (25 km from the capital) was also bombed. The airport of Bolnisi is reported “destroyed” by Georgian sources.
In the meantime, Russian sources are reporting that the Russian Air Force has provided strong close air support to Russian peacekeeping units.
UPDATE 1 – Press TV reports:
Georgian authorities evacuate the presidential building and other government offices in the capital Tbilisi fearing Russian bombardments.
The statement was made by a top Georgian official, National Security Council Secretary Alexander Lomaia, on Saturday, AFP reported.
Lomaia said, “We have received reports from our defense ministry that five Russian military aircraft have taken off from Russia’s North Caucasus region heading for Tbilisi.” He said that was the reason why the decision was made straight away to evacuate the president’s administration and a number of other important government agencies.
Lomia also added that the Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili had been evacuated from the presidential building to a secure location. He went on to say that the president was about to declare a state of emergency over the next few hours and that the documents were on his desk to be signed.
This is while Georgian officials claimed that Russian planes on Friday allegedly bombed a military airport in Marneuli, the port of Poti and a railway junction and an airport in Senaki.
I hope a war doesn’t break out. The Caucas is such an unstable area.
Alas, with over 1000 people killed, this is already very much a real war. The issue now is how to stop it as fast as possible and that is exactly what these airstrikes are all about.
A 1,000 people have been killed? I had thought that South Oseetia only had 37,000 residents.
1,500 Civilians Dead
Do you think the Georgians expected such a vigorous reaction from Russia?
@queue: according to Wikipedia the population of South Ossetia is 70’000. Its the capital, Tskhinvali, which has 30’000+ residents.
@AA Do you think the Georgians expected such a vigorous reaction from Russia? No, of course not. But how well planned that Russian reaction actually was in unclear to me ever since the Russians did admit that two of their aircraft were, indeed, shut down.
How did they managed to loose 2 aircraft in one day to the quasi-non-existing Georgian anti-air is beyond me…