Further Update to situation from FOX News:
BREAKING NEWS: The European Union says it is working on a cease-fire with Georgia and South Ossetia separatists to end violent conflict.
Parts of Russia's 58th Army — including 150 tanks and armored vehicles — reportedly were moving Friday on the capital of South Ossetia after Georgian troops entered the city in an attempt to crush separatist forces seeking to control the breakaway province.
Kakha Lamaia, a member of Georgia's National Security Council, told Reuters the two countries are "very close" to war, if not already at war.
"If it's not war, then we are very close to it," Lamaia said. "The Russians have invaded Georgia and we are under attack."
President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reportedly were discussing the Georgia crisis after attending the opening of the Beijing Olympic games. The U.S. has called for an immediate cease-fire between Russia and Georgia.
Fighting escalated between Georgian and Russian forces escalated earlier in the day with Georgia claiming to have downed four Russian combat warplanes, and Russian planes bombing Georgian military air bases outside the capital of Tblisi. A Georgian interior ministry spokesman said three Georgian soldiers were killed Friday in a bombing on the Vaziani airbase.
Georgia's Foreign Ministry said that a Russian raid Friday on the Marneuli air base destroyed several Georgian military aircraft and inflicted unspecified casualties. It said that Russian aircraft also bombed another base in Bolnisi. Rustavi 2 television reported four people were killed and five others wounded at the Marneuli air base.
Russian Ground Forces spokesman Col. Igor Konashenkov said that 10 Russian peacekeepers were killed and another 30 wounded durring Georgian shelling of their barracks.
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