Russian forces control Tskhinvali - Tbilisi

Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:55am EDT

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TBILISI Aug 10 (Reuters) - Russian forces have taken control of the capital of South Ossetia and are preparing a new offensive in the western breakaway region of Abkhazia, the Georgian interior ministry said on Sunday.

"Yes, Russians control Tskhinvali," ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told Reuters.

Georgia said earlier it had withdrawn its forces from South Ossetia on Sunday after days of heavy fighting with Russian troops.

Utiashvili said Moscow was preparing "new aggression" in Georgia's other breakaway region, Abkhazia, where separatists said they had sent troops to the disputed Kodori gorge.

(Reporting by Matt Robinson, editing by Tim Pearce)

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