the war in eastern Ukraine 2014

Seven members of Ukraine’s Donbass Battalion detained in Tbilisi

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Semen Semenchenko wearing the Donbas Battalion uniform. Photo dated 2017. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch--Georgian police have detained six Ukrainian and one Georgia citizen who are members of the Donbass Battalion, a volunteer detachment of Ukraine’s National Guard. The seven are suspected of 'illegal purchase and possession of firearms, ammunition and explosive devices', the Ministry of [...]

Georgian soldier freed by Kiev despite Russian extradition request

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

( TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian volunteer soldier in Ukraine was released from pre-trial detention Thursday evening, thus avoiding extradition to Russia, where he is accused of a murder in 2003. Gia Tsertsvadze thanked his supporters as he left prison but declined making further comments. […]

Georgian soldier dies in Ukraine war

By | May 2nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–One more Georgian soldier is reported to have died in the war in Ukraine. Revaz Tsiklauri was reported dead late on Sunday. Tsiklauri died in the town Abievkaa, near Donetsk. A facility he was in was shelled. Tsiklauri was from the village Lapankuri, […]

Georgian volunteer soldier reported dead in Ukraine

By | July 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Konstantine (Kote) Lashkhia. (Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian, who was fighting for Ukraine in Mariupol, has been reported dead. The death of Konstantine (Kote) Lashkhia has not yet been officially confirmed. Rustavi 2 reported it based on information from Davit Makashvili, who is also […]

Georgian volunteer soldier dies in Ukraine

By | April 19th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Giorgi Janelidze. (Facebook.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A Georgian volunteer soldier was killed in Ukraine on April 18, fighting for the extreme right wing Azov battalion. Giorgi Janelidze died during mine clearance work near the coastal town Shirokine. The other fighters came under fire as they […]

Saakashvili urges US senators to supply arms to Ukraine

By | March 5th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Youtube.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former President Mikheil Saakashvili, who is wanted in Georgia in four criminal cases, on Wednesday spoke at a session of the foreign relations committee in the US Senate. Saakashvili was recently appointed head of Ukrainian President Petro […]

Six detained in Tbilisi at rally against National Movement

By | February 4th, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , , |

Demonstrators blame the National Movement for encouraging Georgian youth to join the war in Ukraine. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Six people were detained for petty hooliganism in Tbilisi on Tuesday, during a rally outside the office of the National Movement. The rally was organized by the youth movement Free Generation, which demands to convict former officials and ‘restore justice.’ […]

Ivanishvili criticizes Saakashvili’s party for urging youth to join Ukraine war

By | January 29th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Bidzina Ivanishvili. (Imedi TV.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili criticizes the party of ex-President Saakashvili, the National Movement, of encouraging youth to volunteer for the war in Ukraine. “[Mikheil] Saakashvili and others who wish to see Georgians going […]

Coffin of Georgian who fought in Ukraine greeted at Tbilisi airport

By | January 22nd, 2015|Categories: In brief|Tags: , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of a Georgian volunteer fighter who died in Ukraine on January 17 arrived in Georgia on Wednesday and will be brought to his hometown Khashuri today. Earlier, there was a public funeral for Tamaz Sukhiashvili, 36, in Kiev, which was attended […]

Third Georgian fighter dies in the war in Ukraine

By | January 19th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Tamaz Sukhiashvili would have become 37 years old on Sunday. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A third Georgian has died in the war in Ukraine. Tamaz Sukhiashvili, 36, was killed in the battle for Donetsk Airport near the village of Pisky on January 17, fighting alongside Kiev’s forces. Three more Georgians were slightly wounded in the same battle. […]

Saakashvili claims Georgian officers preparing to join Ukraine’s military

By | December 9th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Former President Mikheil Saakashvili yesterday said that Georgian officers will be serving in Ukraine’s armed forces and have been promised Ukrainian citizenship. But Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze rejects this. He says there hasn’t been a single […]

Georgian victim of Ukraine war brought home

By | September 9th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

The body of Arsen Beridze was brought home to Georgia from Ukraine Monday. ( TBILISI, DFWatch–The body of a Georgian who died a few days ago in a bomb explosion in Ukraine’s Donetsk region arrived in Georgia on Monday. Arsen Beridze, 23, from Adjara region, had been living in Ukraine with his family for the past 12 years. He was killed when […]

Georgian parliament calls for end to violence in Ukraine

By | September 4th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament on Wednesday asked the international community to use every kind of means to stop the military actions and aggression in Ukraine, to deescalate the situation and handle humanitarian concerns. This is the third […]

Georgia offers rehabilitation for Ukrainian children

By | September 3rd, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze on Tuesday offered her Ukrainian colleague to bring children to Georgia for vacation and rehabilitation course. Panjikidze made the offer during a phone conversation with Pavlo Klimkin. She said that the […]

Interview: Francis Fukuyama on the war in Ukraine and NATO expansion

By | September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , |

Francis Fukuyama is professor of political science at Stanford University. Many Georgians are discussing how far Mr Putin will go in his attempt to subdue his neighbor Ukraine. Maybe he will take this important seaport of Mariupol and go to Odessa or even Kiev? What’s your opinion about the outcome of this conflict? I don’t really have a prediction about this […]

Georgia preparing to send humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

By | September 1st, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Health Minister Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Children and injured people will be brought from Ukraine to Georgia for treatment, and Georgia will offer humanitarian assistance to Ukraine, Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili said on Saturday. “We are also thinking of bringing children, injured, […]

Ukraine support rally demands more forceful response from Tbilisi

By | August 30th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–People demonstrated in front of the old parliament building in Tbilisi Friday in support of Ukraine and against Russian aggression. Demonstrators called on the international community to make more efforts to help Ukraine in the ongoing crisis. […]

Georgian health minister in Ukraine developing aid plan

By | August 28th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: , |

Health Minister Davit Sergeenko. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Health Minister Davit Sergeenko started his visit to Ukraine by making several agreements about offering assistance to Ukraine as result of the crisis there. A bilateral working group is being created to coordinate the assistance. Sergeenko Wednesday […]

Human chain outside Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi

By | August 24th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , |

(Photo published by Free Zone, a youth group which supports the National Movement.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The National Movement demonstrated outside the Ukrainian embassy in Tbilisi on Saturday, to mark the 25 year anniversary of Freedom Chain, an anti-Soviet protest, and to express solidarity with Ukraine. Demonstrators called on the government […]

Georgia to take part in humanitarian effort in Ukraine

By | August 13th, 2014|Categories: In brief, News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia is to join an international humanitarian effort in Luhansk, Ukraine. This became known on Tuesday. Last week, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze said Georgia is not planning to join the international sanctions EU and the United […]

Georgian FM criticized for not clearly supporting Russia sanctions

By | August 10th, 2014|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s foreign minister is criticized by opponents for saying that the economic sanctions against Russia will not solve the Ukraine crisis. The minister says she was misinterpreted. Maia Panjikidze on Thursday said that sanctions against Russia […]

Russia might intervene in Ukraine if major violence

By | June 21st, 2014|Categories: Interviews|Tags: , |

Professor Johan Galtung is a sociologist, mathematician and the founder of peace and conflict studies. TBILISI, DFWatch–Right now we have a civil war in Ukraine, says peace researcher Johan Galtung. He warns that Russia might intervene with a ‘short sharp shock’ if ethnic Russians are subject to widespread violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia is deploying troops […]