The Russian Federation, which has launched a full-scale war against the sovereign nation of Georgia, is preparing to dramatically escalate its invasion. Two Russian battleships are en route to the Georgian Black Sea port of Poti, which was destroyed by bombs dropped earlier today by Russian fighter jets. The port of Poti is in a civilian zone far from the conflict areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It serves as a vital energy transit route to Europe.
Over the past 48 hours, Russian forces have killed over 100 Georgian civilians and soldiers, after targeting residential complexes in Georgia, as well as airports, bases, and other vital infrastructure. The goal of the Russian Federation appears to be the complete submission of the democratic, European nation of Georgia.
The Government of Georgia is calling upon the world community to compel Russia to cease its hostilities and withdraw from Georgia immediately. This illegal invasion, which recalls the Soviet Union invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, poses a serious risk to European stability and to the broader international security system.