Smith says the uncle took a plane to Armenia earlier this week and then crossed the border into Georgia with a CNN news crew. The 28-year-old former member of the Georgian military made his way to Chiatura on foot after a Russian checkpoint turned back his car.
Smith said 7-year-old Ashley and 3-year-old Sophia Evans will stay put for now.
The girls were visiting their grandparents when Russian troops invaded Georgia last week. Russian checkpoints have blocked their paths to escape.