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Russian tanks seen arriving in Georgian city of Senaki

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True Date Created = 17/08/2008 SHOTLIST 1. Russian tank driving down road that leads to Senaki military base 2. Russian tank putting out white smoke EDITOR'S NOTE: unclear why 3. Various of Russian tanks moving down road 4. Various of Russian soldiers sitting on top of armoured personnel carrier STORYLINE: Russian tanks drove towards Senaki, a city in Georgia with a military base on Sunday, despite Russia's president signing a ceasefire with its neighbour the day before. The tanks were filmed driving down a road leading to the city's Georgian army base. Earlier on Sunday US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Russia's president Dmitry Medvedev had pledged that when Georgia's president signed the cease-fire, Russian forces would begin to withdraw. But that did not happen. Russian troops still effectively control the main artery running through the western half of Georgia because they surround Gori as well as the city of Senaki and the Senaki air base. Both cities are on the main east-west highway that slices through two Georgian mountain ranges. Russia also confirmed on Sunday that it had taken over a major power plant in western Georgia. Georgia, bordering the Black Sea between Turkey and Russia, was ruled by Moscow for most of the two centuries preceding the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union. Under the leadership of its pro-Western president, Mikhail Saakashvili, Georgia has sought NATO membership and has emerged as a proxy for conflict between an emboldened Russia and the West. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/b8ea40251c040d5b3aaf867fb4dcbd60 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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