TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia and South Ossetian separatists on Thursday reported a heavy battle involving artillery in the breakaway region and blamed each other for the fighting.
A spokesman for the Georgian Interior Ministry, Shota Utiashvili, told Reuters separatists were trying to attack the Tbilisi-controlled village of Avnevi and had destroyed an armored personnel carrier (APC).
Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted separatist officials as saying Georgians were shelling a nearby village of Khetagurovo using machineguns, mortars and guns from APCs. There is no independent information about the situation.
Reporting by Matt Robinson in Tbilisi and Oleg Shchedrov in Moscow