After the start of the hostilities between Georgia and the separatist provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia two days ago, a Russian company-sized team of peacekeepers has quickly moved into the western extreme of the Kodori Gorge. The lead elements of the Georgian ground forces held no less than three meetings with the Russian team but couldn't reach an agreement for a safe withdrawal. Two hours ago, the sporadic exchange of fire escalated further and it is clear that the Russians have no intention of letting the Georgian forces out of the gorge. Two Su-25s from the Georgian Air Force are to attack the Russian positions.
|The tactical situation. The map was edited with MilSketch.|
|A view from the Russian position, looking west. The narrow gorge and one of the vital bridges can be seen in the distance.|