Asia Crisis

Russia starts to withdraw from Georgia-witness

GORI, Georgia, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Russian troops, tanks and armoured vehicles on Tuesday started to withdraw from the Georgian town of Gori, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

"I order you to carry out a march along the route Gori-Tshkinvali-Vladikavkaz," a senior Russian officier barked to troops before getting in his armoured vehicle near Gori.

Under a scorching sun, four Russian armoured vehicles as well as several battle tanks and trucks blew up exhaust fumes and dust as they set off in the direction of South Ossetia, a Reuters reporter said. Russian soldiers waved and smiled from the vehicles. (Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov, writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Maria Golovnina, editing by Christian Lowe)