The Press Association
12 minutes ago
Russian tanks rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori then pressed deeper into Georgia territory, smashing an EU-brokered truce designed to end six-day conflict that has uprooted 100,000 people and scarred the Georgian landscape.
Georgian officials said Gori was looted and bombed by the Russians. An Associated Press reporter later saw dozens of tanks and military vehicles leaving Gori, roaring south. Soldiers waved at journalists and one soldier shouted to a photographer: “Come with us, beauty, we’re going to Tbilisi!” He was jokingly referring to the Georgian capital, but Russia and their separatist allies were clearly carving out new lines of control on the map.
The developments came less than 12 hours after Georgia’s president said he accepted a ceasefire plan brokered by France. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia was halting military action because Georgia had paid enough for its attack on South Ossetia.
The EU peace plan’s concept of having both sides retreat to their original positions was running into the stark reality of Russian dominance on the battlefield.
About 50 Russian tanks entered Gori, according to a top Georgian official, Alexander Lomaia. The city of 50,000 sits on Georgia’s only significant east-west road about 15 miles south of South Ossetia, a separatist province where much of the fighting has taken place.