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Abkhazia says it shot down planes

May 05, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Forces from Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia shot down two unmanned Georgian spy planes over the territory, an Abkhazian official said.

Georgia denied the claim and traded accusations with Russia, which is struggling with the West for influence in the country.

Strained relations between Georgia and Russia, which has close ties with Abkhazia, have worsened since Georgia accused Moscow of shooting down another pilotless Georgian plane over the breakaway region two weeks ago.

Russia denied involvement, and Abkhazian officials said their forces shot it down.

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