Russian troops do finally seem to be starting to leave Georgia, in compliance with the peace deal Moscow signed, but in a very unhurried fashion.
Reporters in the Georgian town of Gori saw a unit of Russian armoured vehicles pulling out on Tuesday afternoon, heading in the direction of South Ossetia.
But journalists watching the roads between South Ossetia and Russia overnight and into Tuesday morning said they had seen no tanks or armoured personnel carriers leaving the conflict zone.
Moscow’s ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, had earlier warned the west not to expect a rapid pull out.
The Georgians said that the Russians are not withdrawing and have moved into towns in western Georgia, including Senaki and Zugdidi
That led to counter claims from Moscow; Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian military’s General Staff accused Georgia of failing to withdraw its forces in line with the ceasefire deal.
Earlier, in the central Georgian town of Igoeti, just 45 kilometres from Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, the Russians demonstrated who was in charge there by driving a tank through a roadblock of three Georgian police cars.