Neither Georgia nor Russia have yet confirmed they are at war over separatist South Ossetia. But the Russians have said they are sending in more troops.
Tbilisi plans to impose martial law and is set to declare a state of emergency. Both Russian and Georgian planes are conducting bombing raids. The separatists’ capital, Tskhinvali is in flames.
The Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has accused Moscow of staging a military invasion and is demanding international support.
Russia’s 58th army rolled into South Ossetia. Moscow said it was sending reinforcements to replace dead and injured Russian peacekeepers already stationed there. Georgia said it was an act of war designed to annex one of its breakaway regions. It’s now massing troops around the other one, Abkhazia.
The self-declared president of South Ossetia claims his forces, along with Russian troops, have retaken parts of Tskhinvali from the Georgians.
The number of people killed in just one day is put at 1400 by the separatists.