Officials investigate reports Georgians captured in eastern Ukraine

Donbass volunteer battalion fights against Russia-backed separatists in the Ukraine’s eastern regions; Photo by Kostyantyn Chernichkin, 29 Aug 2014 - 17:08, Tbilisi,Georgia

UPDATED 17:08pm: The Georgian Consulate in Ukraine is investigating reports that two Georgians were among those captured by pro-Russian separatists and exploited in a parade in Ukraine’s troubled Donesk region on Sunday.

Ukrainian media published a list of names of the soldiers they recognised from the march, which was assessed as "a violation of the Geneva Convention” by international organisation Human Rights Watch.

On the list were two Georgian names - Aleksandre Tsiklauri and Iuri Bukia.

Georgian Consul in Ukraine Konstantine Sabiashvili said they were now trying to check whether Tsiklauri and Bukia were Georgian citizens or not.

Pro-Russian separatists marched Ukrainian prisoners through Donetsk in mockery of the country's Independence Day celebrations on August 24.

Earlier today the Georgian Embassy in Ukraine confirmed several Georgians had volunteered to fight alongside Ukrainian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.

EARLIER 14:15pm: Two Georgians are believed to have volunteered to fight alongside Ukrainian soldiers in one of the most volatile areas in eastern Ukraine.

The two Georgian citizens are thought to be among the Donbas Battalion members who are currently under siege by anti-Kiev forces in the town of Ilovaysk, 18 kilometers east of Donetsk, according to information spread on social media.

The Georgian Embassy in Ukraine did not have official information about the fact but confirmed several Georgian’s had volunteered to fight alongside Ukrainian soldiers in eastern Ukraine.

Ambassador Mikheil Ukleba said the situation was "very hard” in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and called on Georgian citizens who lived or worked there to leave the area.

"There is huge danger […] I understand people had their businesses here or worked here and they don’t want to lose them but there is nothing more important than losing a life,” he said, stressing the Embassy would do its best to help any citizen in need.

Earlier today the Georgian President’s adviser for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Tengiz Pkhaladze said President Giorgi Margvelashvili was being personally informed about the developments in Ukraine.

"The President receives information about the situation in Ukraine every hour,” Pkhaladze said, adding the current situation was not only Ukraine’s problem but a global problem.