One Georgian killed, three wounded in eastern Ukraine

Georgian supporters of Ukraine from Tbilisi demonstration in January 2014; Photo by N. Alavidze /, 19 Jan 2015 - 11:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

One Georgian fighter has been killed and three others have been wounded following shelling between the Ukrainian Army and pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, say Georgian soldiers who voluntarily fight alongside the Ukrainian troops.

The deceased man has been named as Tamaz Sukhiashvili, 36, from the Georgian town of Khashuri.

Georgia’s Consulate in Ukraine said it was currently trying to find out additional details about the deceased and wounded Georgians.

It is believed the Georgians served in one of the battalions deployed near Donetsk Airport. The wounded men were taken to hospital for treatment. 

Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili offered her condolences to the soldier's family and said the Georgian Government was actively working on returning the body to Georgia.

"He was a faithful representative of Georgia's Armed Forces," Minister Beruchashvili said.
"He played a serious, professional role in Georgia's peace missions to foreign countries."

Sukhiashvili served in the Georgian Armed Forces until 2012. He had fought for Georgia in the 2008 Russia-Georgia war and had participated in peace missions to Iraq and Afghanistan. Another Georgian soldier in Ukraine Mamuka Mamulashvili said Sukhiashvili was survived by his wife and two children.

This was the sixth reported death of a Georgian citizen resulting from unrest in Ukraine, although an official number has not been released by authorities.

Previously, five people were reported to have been killed following armed confrontations or during Euromaidan events, including the most recent accident involving former Georgian soldier Aleksandre Grigolashvili.