11 August 2008
Georgians abandon Gori without a fight
The Times is reporting that the Russians have captured the city of Gori in central Georgia, but that information seems doubtful. The Russians have denied the claim and the only source for it is the Georgians themselves, who have not been exactly reliable with their information up to now. What seems to have happened is that the Georgians have abandoned Gori without a fight. The Daily Telegraph witnessed Georgian soldiers in:
. . .a full scale disorganised and panicked retreat from Gori. They were crammed into vehicles heading down road from Gori to Tbilisi, the capital. They say 6,000-7,000 Russian troops are heading their way and the Georgians are abandoning their positions.This sounds as if a rumour went round the no doubt terrified Georgian troops that the Russians were on their way, and those troops panicked and fled the area. The Georgians are now trying to save face by claiming that a city that the Russians have not even attacked has been captured by them.