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Russia and Georgia have agreed to a plan, brokered by France, aimed at restoring peace in the region.

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The deal was reportedly broken by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after days of bloodshed.

However the Tbilisi government reported new attacks as it gathered international support to curtail Moscow.

When making the announcement, Medvedev declared that “the aggressor has been punished and suffered significant losses.”

“I have taken the decision to end the operation to force Georgian authorities into peace,” Medvedev told defence chiefs at a meeting on the South Ossetia conflict, though he warned any attacks by Georgia would be “liquidated.”

Offensive intensifies

Russian troops and tanks poured into Georgia on Friday after the Georgian army launched an offensive last week to regain control of South Ossetia, the Moscow-backed region which broke away from Tbilisi in the early 1990s.

But NATO ambassadors meeting in Brussels blasted Moscow for “an excessive, disproportionate use of force,” and renewed their support for Georgia to ultimately join the military alliance.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Russia's decision to stop its military advance in Georgia “is important but it is not enough,” urging both sides to withdraw to their pre-conflict positions.

Georgia said several villages were bombed after Medvedev's announcement. Russia's military angrily denied the claim and said Georgian soldiers were still firing at its troops.

Russian troops advance

Earlier, Russian troops and artillery advanced into Georgia's Mestia region, near another separatist province, Abkhazia, in the west of the country.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Russia that the United States “stands for the territorial integrity of Georgia” and backs its democratically elected government.

But she said the top priority was that “those military operations really do, now, need to stop because calm needs to be restored,” she said in Washington.

Before Medvedev's announcement, warplanes bombed the city of Gori, Georgia's security council said. The city's central square was hit and a Dutch cameraman and a Georgian journalist were killed, officials said.

Earlier this week, Russian forces moved briefly into the western city of Senaki and destroyed a military base, according to the officials. It's also revealed they entered Georgia's main Black Sea port of Poti.

Protests in Tbilisi

In an act of defiance to the Russian attacks, over 100,000 people packed the main Rustaveli avenue of Tbilisi, where a sea of red and white Georgian flags waved above the crowds.

President Mikheil Saakashvili told a rally that Georgia would quit the Russian-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a grouping of former Soviet states, and urged Ukraine to follow suit.

Georgia has received strong support from other former communist states with the leaders of Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states travelling to Tbilisi where they addressed a mass rally.

“Our visit is a sign of the solidarity of our five countries with the Georgian nation, which has been a victim of aggression,” Polish President Lech Kaczynski told reporters en route to Georgia.

“Once again Russia has shown its true face,” he said.

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