Russian-controlled Tskhinvali temporarily closes only crossing point with rest of Georgia

Georgian regions of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia were recognised as independent republics by Russia after the Russia-Georgia 2008 war. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 30 Dec 2019 - 12:22, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Russian-controlled de facto Tskhinvali region of Georgia has announced a ‘temporarily closure’ of the only, Kartsmani crossing point with the rest of Georgia ‘due to increased security threats in New Year days.’ 

The de facto authorities say that the crossing point will be closed at 8 pm today and will reopen at 6 am on January 3, 2020. 

The other crossing points between the region and the rest of Georgia have been closed since early September of 2019, creating a severe humanitarian situation on the ground.