Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Russia blockades Poti, takes soldiers prisoner

Via IHT (C.J. Chivers and Andrew E. Kramer):

Russian soldiers in armed personnel carriers blockaded the main commercial port in the Black Sea town of Poti on Tuesday and took Georgian soldiers prisoner.

An explosion could be heard from the port, where Russian troops sank Georgian ships earlier this week. An Associated Press report said 22 Georgians were being held.

The situation was evolving, but if Russian forces have seized control of the port it is further evidence of continued Russian military activity on Georgian territory despite reassurances that they would withdraw.

Sky has more here.

Civil Georgia has a report here.

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