Russia said it has sent troops deep into the Georgian territory in Senaki as part of its “peace enforcement” operation in South Ossetia.
Senaki is 210 kilometers west of Tbilisi, close to the Abkhaz administrative border. The town is over 100 kilometers away from Tskhinvali, the capital of breakaway South Ossetia – far from the conflict zone. Georgia’s major military base is located in Senaki.
“The move is undertaken in an attempt to prevent shelling of South Ossetia by the Georgian armed forces and to prevent Georgia to carry out re-grouping of its forces, as well as to prevent mobilization of additional armed formations and reserve troops, mobilized by Mikheil Saakashvili for continuation of the military actions,” Interfax news agency reported quoting the Russian MoD representative.