Georgian soldier killed, another injured in Afghanistan

  • Between 2010 and today, Georgia has lost 31 soldiers and 275 have been wounded in NATO peace missions in Afghanistan. Photo by N. Alavidze/Agenda.ge
Agenda.ge, 23 Sep 2015 - 12:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

One Georgian serviceman has been killed and another has been injured while on duty in Afghanistan.

Both soldiers were part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

The fatally wounded serviceman was Vasil Kuljanishvili from the fourth mechanised brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces.

The injured soldier, Paata Rostobaia from the same brigade, suffered severe injuries. Military doctors said he was now in a stable condition and would soon be transferred to Germany for better medical care.

Georgia’s Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli said the tragic incident took place while the soldiers were patrolling their area of duties.

"There was no attack on the base or anything like this,” she said.
"We spent the whole night with the deceased soldier’s family last night and I rarely have seen a young woman, a mother taking the news of her son’s death so heroically.”

Today’s Governmental meeting in Tbilisi opened with a moment of silence in honour of the fallen soldier.

Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili expressed his "deepest sorrow” over this "tragedy” and said the state would give 100,000 GEL compensation to the family and all funeral expenses would be covered by the state.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili also expressed sadness about the death of the soldier and said it was a "terrible loss” for the entire nation.

Georgia has committed about 750 troops to the Resolute Support mission, meaning the country remained the largest non-NATO contributor to Afghanistan.

In July 2014 Georgian troops ended their four-year long deployment in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.

Between 2010 and today, Georgia has lost 31 soldiers and 275 have been wounded in NATO peace missions in Afghanistan.

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