The statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the situationin Georgia, is "rather cynical", head of the New Right faction of theGeorgian parliament David Gamkrelidze stated to journalists. This factionis in the right moderate opposition. According to him, "the RussianPresident has taken liberty to make such statements regarding Georgia as ifit were a Russian region". Additionally, according to the deputy, "anultimatum tone is unacceptable for relations between two countries".At the same time, according to Shalva Natelashvili, the leader of theGeorgian Labor Party, a non-parliamentary left-centrist opposition,"Putin's statement could be estimated as psychological pressure onGeorgia". The deputy considers it necessary to hold Georgian-Russiannegotiations on the government level and to solve the issue of forming alarge frame agreement. In the opinion of the deputy, "Russia shouldrecognize the territorial wholeness of Georgia on a negotiable basis".The leader of Georgian Laborites also considers it necessary to create aspecial parliamentary commission, which will investigate into the fact whyfunds allotted for strengthening the defense capacity, were not spent forthe development of antiaircraft defense, the Black Sea Press news agencyreported..
A Russian fighter with call sign Rassvet (Sunrise) destroyed an Abrams tank in the area of Avdiivka, the 15th Separate Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade said