Abkhazian de facto government evaluated deploying of Georgian military forces in Kodori gorge (territory in Abkhazia controlled by Tbilisi) as initiation of war by Georgian government, Russian news service Interfax reports, quoting Sukhumi authorities. Today Defense Minister of Georgia Davit Tevzadze announced about locating additional forces in Kodori in order to protect Georgian population there.
Meanwhile, armed clashes continue near Gulripshi region of Abkhazia between Georgian-Chechen guerrillas and Abkhazian fighters, Sukhumi officials report. They say that Abkhazian army captured several Chechen and Georgian guerrillas. There are casualties among the Abkhazian fighters.