Russia retakes Georgian village near South Ossetia

Russian troops retook a village near the breakaway region of South Ossetia Saturday just hours after withdrawing, Georgia's Interior Ministry and European Union peace observers said. The move drew criticism from Georgia, the EU and US Senator John Kerry, who was on a half-day visit to Tbilisi. Georgian police had already moved into Perevi on Saturday to remove Russian-built roadblocks when Russian troops and helicopters unexpectedly returned, said Shota Utiashvili, a ministry spokesman. The Russian Foreign Ministry refused immediate comment and South Ossetian officials could not be immediately reached.