Although the Kremlin says it will pull back its troops from Georgia by the end of the week, on the ground it is unclear whether a substantial withdrawal is taking place.
There have been conflicting eyewitness reports. A column of tanks was seen crossing the border back into Russia but other soldiers were seen digging trenches near artillery positions in a Georgian town.
Conflict erupted when Tbilisi sent in the army to separatist South Ossetia to bring it back under its control, prompting a huge counter-attack from Moscow.
Ratcheting up the pressure, now the parliament of the separatist region of Abkhazia is to discuss launching a formal appeal for independence. It has made several such appeals in recent years.
Tension has been at fever pitch in the diplomatic arena over the past few days. Western governments urged the United Nations to adopt a resolution calling for an immediate Russian withdrawal from Georgia but Russia said it could not support it.
NATO says it is freezing contacts with Moscow until all Russian forces are out of the country. The OSCE – the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe – says it is sending around 20 international observers into Georgia.