Renewed Russian offensive captures Georgian town Gori

Other News Materials 11 August 2008 21:23 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - A column of Russian tanks backed up by infantry and artillery rolled into the Georgian town of Gori on Monday, signalling a decisive shift by the Kremlin from containment to an all-out offensive.

Georgian troops were seen evacuating positions around the town, the largest metropolis between South Ossetia where the five-day-old war began, and the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Eyewitnesses described Georgian troops as dispirited and nervous as they left the region ahead of the Russian advance.

The offensive seemingly cancelled a Russian commitment made earlier in the day that the Kremlin has no intention of widening the Ossetia conflict.