Russia moves into Georgian territory, rejects Security Council draft resolutionRussian troops launched attacks deeper into Georgian territory on Monday, prompting Tbilisi to retrench re·trench
v. re·trenched, re·trench·ing, re·trench·es
1. To cut down; reduce.
2. To remove, delete, or omit.
To curtail expenses; economize. its troops closer to the capital as US President George W. Bush blasted Moscow's actions as "unacceptable".
Russian forces moved briefly into the west Georgian city of Senaki to prevent Georgian troops from regrouping for attacks on the breakaway region of South Ossetia South Ossetia: see Ossetia. -- the cause of the worsening conflict -- the Russian defence ministry was quoted by domestic news agencies as saying.
The Russian troops later withdrew from Senaki, Russian and Georgian officials said, with Tbilisi saying its military base there has been destroyed.
"Russian forces have destroyed Senaki military base and have left it," a spokesman for the Georgian interior ministry, Shota Utiashvili, told AFP (1) (AppleTalk Filing Protocol) The file sharing protocol used in an AppleTalk network. In order for non-Apple networks to access data in an AppleShare server, their protocols must translate into the AFP language. See file sharing protocol. .
Georgia initially claimed Russian soldiers had occupied Gori Gori (gô`rē), city (1989 pop. 68,924), central Georgia. It has food processing plants. Mentioned in the 7th cent. as Tontio, it was later named after a fortress. Gori passed to Russia in 1801. Stalin was born in the city. , the main town close to Moscow-backed South Ossetia, but this was denied by Russia's defence ministry, though most of Gori's inhabitants
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But the secretary of Georgia's security council, Alexander Lomaia, told AFP later: "The Russians are staying near Gori. They did not enter the city itself."
News of the Russian drive into Georgia comes as Russia's ambassador to the UN rejected a proposed Western draft resolution in the Security Council on Monday that would call for an immediate truce between Russia and Georgia and for the mutual withdrawal of their forces from the conflict zone.
"I cannot see us accepting this French draft," Vitaly Churkin Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin (born February 21, 1952 in Moscow) is the current Permanent Representative (Ambassador) of the Russian Federation to the told reporters, referring to a French-drafted text agreed by Western ambassadors.
The text is based on a three-point French peace plan calling for an immediate truce, respect for Georgia's territorial integrity Territorial integrity is the principle under international law that nation-states should not attempt to promote secessionist movements or to promote border changes in other nation-states. Conversely it states that border changes imposed by force are acts of aggression. and a return to the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. that prevailed before Georgian troops punched into South Ossetia last week.
Russian forces entered Georgia's Black Sea port of Poti on Monday, Georgian and Russian officials said, but Moscow described it as a reconnaissance mission.
Russia sent thousands of troops, tanks and air support into South Ossetia on Friday after Georgia launched an offensive to seize control of the province, which broke from Georgia in the early 1990s.
There were growing international calls for a halt to the fighting which has left hundreds reported dead and driven tens of thousands out of their homes.
US President Bush, Georgia's staunchest ally, said Russia has undermined its global credentials.
"Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century," Bush said, slamming the "dramatic and brutal escalation" in fighting.
Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili Mikheil Saakashvili (Georgian: მიხეილ სააკაშვილი) (born December 21, 1967) is a Georgian politician and the current President of Georgia. said in an address to the nation that "the majority of Georgia's territory is occupied."
Georgian armed forces were moved back to Mtskheta, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Tbilisi to defend the capital.
The UN refugee agency said earlier that 80 percent of the 50,000 population of Gori had fled because of Russian attacks.
At least seven Georgian soldiers were injured in an attack on a military convoy leaving Gori, according to an AFP photographer.
An armoured personnel carrier exploded about three kilometres (two miles) from Gori. The remains of two tanks, an armoured personnel carrier and two civilian cars were seen on the road to Tbilisi.
A Russian military spokesman said 9,000 troops and more than 350 armoured vehicles would be deployed inside the second Georgian separatist region of Abhkazia.
The Georgian foreign ministry said more than 50 Russian warplanes had flown over Georgian territory. "Tbilisi was bombed. Bombs hit the village of Kojori and Makhata mountain," it said.
Meanwhile, the South Ossetian separatist government said Georgia had resumed an artillery bombardment of its capital, Tskhinvali, where residents reported many deaths.
Russia's military acknowledged it had lost 18 soldiers and four planes in the conflict but gave no details of its latest operations. It has said 2,000 people have been killed in South Ossetia -- a figure Georgia disputes.
Saakashvili told several hundred Russian servicemen had been killed and 18 or 19 Russian aircraft shot down.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Finland's Alexander Stubb were to put a peace plan to Russian leaders on Tuesday, having persuaded Georgia's president to sign up to the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the
European Community plan, a senior Georgian official told AFP.
The EU plan calls for a ceasefire, medical help for , the withdrawal of troops on both sides and eventual talks.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country holds the EU presidency, will go to Moscow and Georgia on Tuesday to confer with his counterparts, his office said.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister A Deputy Prime Minister or Vice Prime Minister is, in some countries, a government minister who can take the position of acting Prime Minister when the real Prime Minister is temporarily absent. Sergei Ivanov dismissed the EU efforts however. A "ceasefire agreement is signed by two sides when they meet," he told CNN CNN
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The UN Security Council on Monday kicked off fresh talks on draft text calling for an immediate truce in the Russia-Georgia conflict, agreed by US and European diplomats after several days of discord.
Diplomatic tensions between Russia and the United States held up efforts by the UN Security Council to call for an end to the fighting.
Moscow has launched its own diplomatic campaign. In Brussels, Russia's ambassador to NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. called on the alliance to hold an extraordinary Russia-NATO council Tuesday before taking any decision on Georgia.