Georgia on August 10 announced a withdrawal from the disputed territory of South Ossetia, but Russia's bombing campaign against the South Caucasus country continued apace.
National Security Council Secretary Alexander Lomaia said the decision to pull Georgian forces out of the territory was made "in an attempt to negotiate a cease-fire" with Russia. "We can only hope that we will be able to do this to stop the aggression, " he said. The decision followed an August 9 order for a withdrawal from the South Ossetian capital, Tskhinvali.
Lomaia said that fighting had stopped. Georgian troops are "very well positioned to protect the city [of Gori]," he said.
Although the withdrawal from South Ossetia was a term laid down by Moscow for a cease-fire, the Kremlin has given no sign of relenting in its aerial bombardment of the country.
At roughly 7pm on August 10, Russian planes bombed Tbilisi International Airport, the government reported. No casualties were reported. Three bombs had hit a plane factory and military airfield not far from the airport at roughly sunrise on Sunday morning.
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