Russian jets have bombarded the Georgian town of Gori as a conflict between the two countries continues to escalate. Georgia has reportedly called its entire contingent of 2000 troops back from Iraq and its Foreign Ministry claimed that Russian bombers had destroyed the Black Sea port of Poti. A senior Russian commander also confirmed that two of their warplanes were shot down over Georgia. Speaking from near Gori, Sky News Moscow correspondent Alex Rossi said: "We've heard Russian jets flying overhead, accompanied by the loud boom of those bombs hitting Georgian targets below. "The situation here is pretty toxic - it is a really ugly stand-off brewing. "And we should make no mistake: these two countries, Russia and Georgia, are now at war." Hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed in since initial fighting broke out between Georgia and separatists. A spokeswoman for the separatists has put the number of dead in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali at 1600. The conflict stems from a long-running dispute between Georgia and rebels in the province, which is loyal to Russia and proclaimed itself independent in the 1990s. On Friday, Moscow sent troops into the region to defend Russians under fire from a Tbilisi offensive to regain control over the province. The United Nations has been holding an emergency meeting after the Georgian government asked the west for help. Georgian forces today launched the latest in a series of artillery attacks on Tskhinvali, a South Ossetian government spokeswoman said. Russian forces said they had counter-attacked. Georgia said it was under Russian aerial bombardment in what the country's UN Ambassador Irakli Alasania described as "a full-scale military invasion". The United States, the European Union and the OSCE were preparing to send a joint delegation to Georgia to try to broker a ceasefire, the EU said. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said 30 people had died on the Georgian side, but separatist leader Eduard Kokoity put the overall death toll from Friday far higher. "Slightly more than 1,400 people have died," Mr Kokoity said. In a claim that Moscow denied, Georgia's interior ministry said five Russian aircraft had been shot down. The Russian military said ithat more than 10 Russian peacekeepers had been killed in Tskhinvali, as Georgian ordnance slammed into their barracks.