An American warship has arrived off the coast of Georgia, loaded with humanitarian aid for the people of the former Soviet republic.
The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul dropped anchor just outside Georgia’s main port of Batumi.
On board bottled water, hygiene kits, blankets and baby-food for the scores of thousands of people displaced by the confrontation that erupted between Georgia and Russia over the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
It is a powerful gesture of support for Georgia in its conflict with its giant neighbour.
Just 80 kilometres away from the McFaul lies the oil-port of Poti, where Russian soldiers have been digging in for days, despite a Russian pull-out from much of the rest of Georgia.
Georgian residents are furious. Russian Defence Staff say their troops will continue to patrol Poti even though it is outside a buffer-zone where Moscow plans to station peacekeepers indefinitely.
Elsewhere, a few kilometres west of Gori, on a vital route for oil exports to Europe, a fuel train exploded near an abandoned military base.
Georgian officials claim the train hit a landmine, though that has not been independently verified.