Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Russian Fighter Jets Bomb Tbilisi’s Civilian Airport

Sunday, August 10 • 20:30 Tbilisi, Georgia

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.”