Russian forces take over major highway, continue advancing

Georgia Materials 11 August 2008 22:25 (UTC +04:00)

Russia took over control of the major highway passing through Gori and "split the country's western part with the east," President Saakashvili said at a session of National Security Council at 8:45pm on August 11.

It was earlier reported that the Russian forces were in control of Gori. ( Civil )

Russian forces also advanced deep into the Georgian territory from breakaway Abkhazia as well taking control of Senaki and are now moving further into east from Senaki.

"Situation is extremely grave," Saakashvili said. "This is occupation attempt, attempt to totally occupy Georgia, attempt to destroy Georgia."

" Russia goal is to put an end to existence of the Georgian state," he added.

"We are receiving only moral and humanitarian help from the international community, but we need more than that. We want them to stop this barbaric aggressor."