27 y/o Georgian killed in the bastion of Mariupol’s Ukrainian defenders

Georgian fighter, 27-year-old Tato Bigvava, commander of the second company of the Azov Regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine has died in the bastion of the defenders of Mariupol, on the territory of the Azovstal plant. The cause of death was believed to have been a cluster bomb explosion. It was dropped by Russian troops on the territory of the plant, used as a [...]

Links between conflict in Ukraine and Georgia

David L. Phillips We were seated at the conference table in the office of Mikhail Saakashvili (aka “Misha”), the former President of Georgia, to discuss tensions with Russia. It was June 2008, just prior to [...]

PM Irakli #Garibashvili of Georgia pledges there will be no war with Russia, saying that "Our country and people have already fought the Russian Federation three times." #Tbilisi

27 y/o Georgian fighter killed in #Azovstal the bastion of Mariupol’s Ukrainian defenders during Russian shelling. #WeStandWithUkraine
https://dfwatch.net/27-y-o-georgian-killed-in-the-bastion-of-mariupols-ukrainian-defenders-55000

"Links between conflict in Ukraine and Georgia" - an opinion piece by David L. Phillips, Director of the Program on Peacebuilding and Human Rights at Columbia University. https://dfwatch.net/links-between-conflict-in-ukraine-and-georgia-54993

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New survey points to increasingly positive attitudes in Georgia toward minorities, LGBT+ individuals

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Georgia slams breakaway Abkhazia’s appeal to UN for observer status

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Lukashenko says he considers recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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Former Georgian justice minister Adeishvili beaten in Kyiv

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GD prepares “non-provocative” resolution on Ukraine, doesn’t mention neither Russia nor Putin

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New survey points to increasingly positive attitudes in Georgia toward minorities, LGBT+ individuals

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