About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 23:06 - 23 Jan.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Georgia Denies APC Destroyed by S.Ossetian Militia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 6 Aug.'08 / 19:20

A Georgian Interior Ministry official has denied South Ossetian reports that a Georgian armored personnel carrier (APC) was destroyed, dismissing the reports as “utter nonsense.”

The report has also been denied by the commander of Russian peacekeeping forces in the region, Marat Kulakhmetov.

The authorities in breakaway South Ossetia have claimed that their forces destroyed a Georgian APC in a clash close to the village of Nuli on August 6.

“We have destroyed a Georgian APC which was targeting Ossetian villages,” the breakaway region’s Defense Ministry said in a statement posted on the South Ossetian Press and Information website. “Shooting has now ceased. There are no casualties on the South Ossetian side.”

It also claimed that South Ossetian forces had recaptured the heights close to Nuli village overlooking a Ossetian-controlled road linking Tskhinvali to Ossetian villages in the Znauri district, by-passing Georgian-controlled areas.

Marat Kulakhmetov, the commander of the Joint Peacekeeping Forces in the conflict zone, however, told Interfax news agency: “No APCs have been blown up.” 

Shota Utiashvili, a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman, dismissed the report as “fiction.” He denied that there had been a major clash close to Nuli, although he acknowledged that brief shooting had taken place.

“Since August 2 not a single major clash has occurred in the region; there has been some minor shooting, but no major clashes,” he told Civil.Ge. “It seems that the Russian media and the secessionist authorities are trying to create a virtual reality and the illusion of war, as if something huge is happening there.”

He said the August 5 Interior Ministry organized tour for foreign diplomats and journalists in Georgian-controlled areas of the breakaway region had proven that Georgia was not engaged in a military build-up.

Latest News
23 Jan.'17 23:06
One More GDDG Parliamentary Faction Established
The Georgian Dream – Greens faction will be led by MP Giorgi Gachechiladze.
23 Jan.'17 21:46
GDDG Names MP Manana Kobakhidze as Constitutional Court Judge Nominee
Kobakhidze will fill the vacant post for a 10-year term, if she obtains parliamentary endorsement.
23 Jan.'17 18:01
Opposition Groups Pressure Government on Gazprom Deal
The parliamentary minority requested to schedule political debates for February 8.
23 Jan.'17 17:10
UNM Establishes Parliamentary Faction
MP Roman Gotsiridze will chair the new faction.
23 Jan.'17 11:40
Defense Minister to Visit Finland, Sweden, Estonia
Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria will visit Finland, Sweden and Estonia on January 23-28.
22 Jan.'17 14:39
Parliamentary Working Group on Broadcasting Law Begins Work
Parliamentary working group on amending the broadcasting law held its first session on January 21.
21 Jan.'17 23:13
PM Kvirikashvili Concludes Visit to Switzerland
Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the World Economic Forum in Davos.
21 Jan.'17 22:58
Georgian President, PM Send Congratulatory Messages to President Trump
President Giorgi Margvelashvili invited the new U.S. President to Georgia.
21 Jan.'17 21:29
United States Condemns Russia’s Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Abkhazia
U.S. Mission to the OSCE condemned the destruction of a historical site in Abkhazia, Georgia.
20 Jan.'17 20:24
UNM Elects New Leaders at Party Congress
The party chairman’s post remains vacant; Nika Melia was elected the head of the political council.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
67