Russian ground forces are battling Georgian troops in and around the capital of the breakaway region of South Ossetia.
Georgia now says Russia’s actions could bring the country into full scale war.
Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull is one of the few international reporters near the frontline and sent this report from the South Ossetia border.
UN stalemated on Russia-Georgia conflict
In the past hour the UN Security Council has convened a meeting in a bid to end the hostilities.
An earlier meeting failed to produce any agreement.
Al Jazeera takes a look at how simmering tensions in the Caucuses have reached boiling point.