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Georgian forces have fired at an aircraft they believed to be Russian after it violated Georgian airspace, a senior government official said.
Tbilisi could not confirm whether the plane was shot down, but said that a nearby section of forest was on fire.
TBILISI (Reuters) - A pro-Russian breakaway region in Georgia said on Saturday it believed a Georgian plane crashed over its territory this week and dismissed Georgia's accusation that a Russian aircraft had violated its airspace.
Georgia has said it fired at a Russian airplane on Wednesday and might have downed it, intensifying a row between Georgia and its imperial master, Russia. On Saturday Georgia said it had only fired a warning shot.
Abkhazia, which broke away from Georgia in 1993 with Russia's help, said it had witness testimony that a plane came from the Black Sea and went down two minutes later in the mountains in Upper Abkhazia.