Sunday, August 10, 2008

Russian Fighter Jets Bomb Tbilisi's Civilian Airport

Sunday, August 10 . 20:30 Tbilisi, Georgia

Russian Fighter Jets Bomb Tbilisi's Civilian Airport

The Government of Georgia confirms that at 19:00 local time, Russian
aircraft bombed the civilian airport in Tbilisi. There is no military
activity of any kind at the airport.

The attack occurred several hours after Georgia offered a formal ceasefire
to Russia, via Russia's Ambassador to Georgia, and declared Georgia's
readiness to immediately start negotiations with the Russian Federation on
the termination of hostilities.

The Secretary of Georgia's National Security Commission, Alexander Lomaia,
released the following statement:

"The attack on Tbilisi Airport offers further evidence that Russia's
invasion of Georgia is not about Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The goal of the
Russian Federation-which today also blockaded our Black Sea ports and is
relentlessly bombing civilian sites throughout the country-is to overthrow
the democratically elected government of this small European nation."