Russian Convoy Leaves Key Georgian City

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
A small column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has left the Georgian city of Gori.

(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Ruisi, Georgia (AP) A small column of Russian tanks and armored vehicles has left the Georgian city of Gori.

A Russian military officer says they're headed to South Ossetia and ultimately back to Russia.

It's the first sign of a Russian pullback from Georgia after a cease-fire intended to end fighting that has reignited cold war tensions.

The column, which also included what appeared to be a mobile rocket-launcher, was seen this afternoon outside of Gori and on the road to South Ossetia.

The officer says the movement is part of the Russian pullback agreed to in a cease-fire signed over the weekend. Both sides agreed to return troops to the positions they held before fighting broke out in South Ossetia, a Russian-backed separatist region of
Georgia.


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