Ukraine calls on int’l community to increase pressure on Russia to stop aggression against Georgia, Ukraine

  • The spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry released a statement in support of the Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze, who was sentenced to 12 years and six months in Russian-occupied Georgian region of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia)., 13 Feb 2021 - 17:41, Tbilisi,Georgia

Ukraine condemns the recent sentencing of illegally detained Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze in the Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region. 

The spokesperson of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Oleg Nikolenko stated yesterday that this illegal decision ‘grossly violates’ the norms and principles of international law and Russia’s obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement.

Nikolenko said this also demonstrates Russia's intentions to destabilise the security and humanitarian situation in both occupied Georgian regions - Tskhinvali and Abkhazia - as well as in the entire region.

Reiterating his country’s support to Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, Nikolenko called on Russia to ‘immediately stop destabilising steps’ against the civilian Georgian population in occupied regions and release illegally detained Gakheladze.

We call on the international community to increase international pressure on Russia to stop the aggression against Georgia and Ukraine and to de-occupy their sovereign territories”, his statement reads. 

Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze, who was shot and illegally detained by Russian-controlled occupation forces last year, was sentenced to 12 years and six months last Friday. The international community condemns Gakheladze's sentencing, calling for his immediate release.