Saturday, August 9, 2008

Tbilisi Official: Tskhinvali and nearby heights under Georgian control, reservists take up lodging around Gori

Официальный Тбилиси: Цхинвал и близлежащие высоты под контролем, резервисты расквартировываются вокруг Гори

The Georgian armed forces control Tskhinvali and the nearby heights, the village Dmenisi, the Zaur and Akhalgori regions, the Greater Liakhvi Gorge, and other nearby positions, reported Shota Utiashvili, chief analyst at the MIA of Georgia, to IA Regnum.

"At the present moment, Georgia's goal is to retake the Java and Roki tunnels," he noted. Eka Zguladze, deputy minister of internal affairs, noted that Georgian reservists have been mobilized and are awaiting orders in villages surrounding Gori, there are no dead or wounded among them yet. Parents haven't been able to get in touch with the reservists for a long time due to communication problems in Georgia. Zguladze also noted that the transportation infrastructure, includig the airports in Tbilisi and Batumi, is back to a normal working schedule.

The Ossetian side and Russian Ministry of Defense maintain that Tskhinvali is being controlled by South Ossetia and divisions of the 58th army, and that the Georgian army only has control of the Pris heights.

IA Regnum

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