Saakashvili said in a televised address:
• The army should struggle to the end;
• We will never surrender;
• Georgian forces are re-grouping;
Russia took over control of the major highway passing through Gori and “separated the country’s western part from the east,” President Saakashvili said at a session of National Security Council at 8:45pm on August 11.
It was earlier reported that the Russian forces were in control of Gori. It was earlier reported that the Russian forces were in control of Gori. The Russian Defense Ministry, however, has denied that its forces were in Gori, Interfax news agency report at 9:15pm.
Russian forces also advanced deep into the Georgian territory from breakaway Abkhazia as well, taking control of Senaki.
“Situation is extremely grave,” Saakashvili said. “This is occupation attempt, attempt to totally occupy Georgia, attempt to destroy Georgia.”
“Russia’s goal is to put an end to existence of the Georgian state,” he added.
“We are receiving only moral and humanitarian help from the international community, but we need more than that. We want them to stop these barbaric aggressors.”
“Our armed forces will carry out regrouping and we will protect and continue fighting for our future… We will never surrender, we will never say no to freedom and our future; we will never kneel down.”
“Russia’s goal is to trigger panic and chaos and civil confrontation in Georgia... Do not let the enemy’s major goal be achieved. We should not allow chaos, political confrontation.”
He also called on the population to gather outside the Parliament at 3pm on August 12 “to show the enemy that we are united and strong.”