By World bulletin Staff
Russia has started withdrawing its railway troops from the self-proclaimed republic of Abkhazia.
The first train carrying Russian soldiers departed to Russia early on Wednesday from the village of Dranda near Sukhumi, where the troops were temporarily stationed, Guram Gubaz, the chief of the Abkhaz railroad department, told Interfax.
Interfax news agency said that "A guard unit of about 200 servicemen attached to Russian railway troops left for their permanent base in the Stavropol territory," Gubaz said.
Another 200 servicemen will be pulled out of Abkhazia later on Wednesday, following a commissioning ceremony of a railroad stretch connecting Sukhumi and Ochamchira, which the Russian soldiers restored, he said.
"The railroad has been restored to transport crushed gravel and other onstruction materials from Abkhazia to build Olympic facilities in Sochi," Gubaz said.
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