Russian troops advance from Abkhazia-Tbilisi

Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:36am EDT

TBILISI Aug 10 (Reuters) - Russian troops advanced 40 km (25 miles) from separatist Abkhazia to the town of Senaki inside Georgia proper on Monday, the Georgian Interior Ministry said.

Senaki lies outside the so-called security zone that runs along the de facto Abkhaz boundary with the rest of Georgia. Russian peacekeepers have been stationed since the territory broke away in the 1990s.

"The have advanced in dozens of APCs (armoured personnel carriers) and are now in Senaki," Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili told Reuters. (Reporting by Matt Robinson)



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