Georgian gov’t to cover accommodation, food costs for Ukrainian citizens stranded in Georgia

Georgia sent humanitarian aid worth one million GEL ($315,000/€279,000) to Ukraine on February 27, while the Georgian Post announced it will deliver humanitarian parcels to the country free of charge. Photo: Georgian National Tourism Administration/Facebook., 01 Mar 2022 - 13:46, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian government will cover accommodation and food costs of Ukrainian citizens who arrived in the country between February 1 and 23, the Georgian National Tourism Administration said on Tuesday.

Announcing the initiative for supporting Ukrainians unable to return to their country after Russia launched its invasion last week, the state agency asked all visitors from Ukraine to contact the body on their hotline - reachable through the number 144-3 - for consultation in case of need. 

Additionally, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said municipal transport would serve all Ukrainian citizens free of fare.

Since the start of the breakout of the hostilities in Ukraine, Georgian citizens and businesses have offered free overnight accommodation and other types of assistance to Ukrainian citizens in the country.

Russia began its military assault on Ukraine last week, following President Putin’s announcement of the recognition of the independence of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk on February 21.