August 14, 2008 / 12:53 PM / 10 years ago

Russian armor massed near Zugdidi: Reuters witness

ZUGDIDI, Georgia (Reuters) - More than 100 Russian vehicles were massed two km (1.5 miles) from the centre of Zugdidi, a major town in western Georgia, a Reuters witness said.

A Russian military convoy travels on its way on a main road leading to the Georgian city of Zugdidi, which is about 350 km (220 miles) away from Georgia's capital Tbilisi, August 13, 2008. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

“I counted 104 Russian army vehicles, including 40 armored vehicles, most of which are tanks,” Reuters staff photographer Umit Bektas said by telephone from the city.

Bektas said their purpose was unclear.

He said the convoy included weapons such as rocket propelled grenades and was carrying Russian flags.

Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Melissa Akin; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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