Georgia Says It Shot Down Russian Drone

TBILISI, Georgia — A Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman says Georgian forces have shot down a Russian drone near the breakaway province of South Ossetia.

Shota Utiashvili says the pilotless aicraft was shot down by Georgian police officers Monday near the village of Tsiteliubani near South Ossetia.

He said Tuesday the fragments of the plane would be shown to the media.

Russia’s Defense Ministry refused to comment on Utiasvhili’s statement.

The Georgian claim underlines tensions which remain high in Georgia after last month’s war.

It follows Sunday’s shooting in western Georgia near the breakaway province of Abkhazia where a Georgia police officer was killed and three others were wounded when Abkhazian fighters fired on a Georgian police checkpoint.