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In pictures: Russia pulls out of Georgia

Russian tanks and trucks drive across the Patsa river toward the Russian border, 22 August, 2008.

Russian combat troops have been continuing to withdraw from Georgia, although Moscow says it intends to maintain a presence in the country, including control of a strategic highway and airbase.

Russian troops walk toward the Russian border near the town Dzhava, some 25 km from Tskhinvali, 22 August, 2008.

A Russian commander said some 2,000 troops, with armoured vehicles and helicopters, would be stationed in a "zone of responsibility" around the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

A column of Russian troops in tanks and trucks drive toward the Russian border near the town of Ruk in the South Ossetian breakaway region, 22 August, 2008.

On the ground, the BBC has seen what appears to be a significant Russian troop movement out of Georgia to South Ossetia. Hundreds of armoured vehicles have been seen to be on the move.

A Georgian man talk to Russian soldiers near Igoeti, on the road from Tbilisi to Gori, Georgia, 22 August, 2008.

In the town of Igoeti, 35km (21 miles) from the capital Tbilisi, buses of Georgian police have meanwhile been arriving to take control after Russian troops dismantled their roadblocks and pulled out.

Supporters of pro-Russian parties wave Russian flags as they welcome Russian missile-firing boat Mirage as it enters Sevastopol bay, 22 August, 2008.

Warships from the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which were deployed off the Georgian coastline near Abkhazia, have been welcomed back to their base by pro-Russian Ukrainians at the port of Sevastopol.

A Russian soldier gestures as he rides an armoured personnel carrier near Igoeti, on the road from Tbilisi to Gori, Georgia, 22 August, 2008.

The conflict between Russia and Georgia began on 7 August after Tbilisi tried to retake the Moscow-backed breakaway province of South Ossetia following days of clashes with separatists there.

A Georgian woman outside a bombed building in Gori, Georgia, 22 August, 2008.

The fighting ended with an EU-brokered ceasefire deal, and a promise by Russia to pull back its forces. The war has left Georgia's infrastructure in tatters and it seeking up $2bn in reconstruction aid.

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