The website for the de facto Abkhaz government notes that Bagapsh expressed "regret" about the presence of such war ruins in the capital, Sokhumi, and other towns, and "particularly along the central highway."
The demolition order in question will apply to the road stretching from north of the capital, Sokhumi, to Ochamchira, a Black Sea port town slotted to host a Russian naval base.
The news sent a ripple of anger across Tbilisi, where it was interpreted as targeted against ethnic Georgians who fled the region after the war. Officials have warned Sokhumi against demolishing private property legally owned by Georgians. In practical terms, however, Tbilisi has few options at its disposal to influence decision-making in Abkhazia.