Russian troops are handing over control of the area around the town of Gori to Georgian forces, officials say.
The move would be evidence of Moscow's compliance with the terms of a truce to end a week of conflict with Georgia.
But a Russian general in the area said Moscow's troops would remain nearby for several days, apparently to remove weaponry and unexploded ordnance.
The US secretary of state has urged Moscow to meet its own pledge to pull troops out of Georgia altogether.
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