Michael Ware


NR: "Russia is already in breach of the newly signed cease-fire agreement."

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A short pre-recorded piece that played first on International and recaps the current Russian troop movements and the destruction of the rail bridge that links Tbilisi with the port city of Poti. One of the things it is used for is to transport oil for companies such as BP.

FREDRICKA WHITFIELD: Well, Mr. Bush referred to the cease-fire agreement as a hopeful step, but as CNN's Michael Ware tells us from Georgia, Russia's intentions still are not clear.

MICHAEL WARE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Russia is already in breach of the newly signed cease-fire agreement according to the Georgia government. Today, just hours after the agreement was signed, we've been witnessing Russian mechanized infantry units still moving around the town of Gori, well inside undisputed Georgian territory. And according to locals, it was in the middle of the day when Russian troops destroyed this key railway bridge behind me, a railway line that links the capital Tbilisi with the vital port city of Poti. A railway line important militarily, politically and economically, carrying oil even for foreign companies like BP to the port city and beyond.

The Russian troops by their mere presence, says the Georgian vice prime minister, Giorgi Baramidze, are in defiance and have broken the cease-fire agreement. The troops are making no signs of withdrawal, and indeed continue to flex their muscle, making their presence felt. The vice prime minister said that even though it may not be a realistic notion that the Russians can be beaten militarily, his country having been already defeated, he said, nonetheless if actions and provocation such this by the Russians continue, the vice prime minister says, his country and its people are ready and willing to take up arms and to renew the conflict.

Michael Ware, CNN, on the outskirts of Gori.