Russia agrees to Truce, Blows up key Georgian Bridge
This doesn't sound like a truce to me.
A key railway bridge was blown up by Russia and its allied forces, effectively severing all east-west transportation routes within Georgia, officials said.
Russia denies destroying the railroad bridge that connects Georgia's east with its Black Sea ports. Russian troops appear to be digging in for a long stay.
By Megan K. Stack, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
August 17, 2008
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IGOETI, GEORGIA -- Even as Russia signed a cease-fire agreement with Georgia on Saturday, its troops destroyed a key railroad bridge that links the Caucasus region to the Black Sea coast, cutting off east-west transportation routes through the country, the Georgian Foreign Ministry announced.
Russia denied blowing up the bridge, calling the charge "another unverified allegation" in the wake of large-scale fighting over a pro-Moscow separatist republic. A Los Angeles Times photographer traveling in the area Saturday saw explosives attached to the underbelly of a nearby railroad bridge, but it was still intact.
That photographer submitted the photo of the destroyed bridge to the LA Times.