In Georgia, Shalva Papuashvili, the Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, expressed his condolences following the deaths of three Georgian citizens in Ukraine on Saturday, March 19.
In the midst of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, Papuashvili reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, claiming Georgians and Ukrainians shared a “solid,” “centuries-long” friendship.
The three deceased volunteers are identified as Bakhva Chikobava, Gia Beriashvili and Davit Ratiani, who succumbed to the injuries during the war.
I express my condolences to the families, relatives and loved ones of Bakhva Chikobava, Davit Ratiani and Gia Beriashvili,” Papuashvili wrote.
The Georgian Government will do everything they can in order to bring back the dead bodies of the deceased person’s, said foreign office.
Moreover, Georgian Ambassador to Ukraine Giorgi Zakarashvili stated that the embassy was working to bring the dead bodies back to Georgia.
Two Georgian volunteers were killed in combat in Ukraine on Friday, according to the Georgian Foreign Ministry. Earlier on Saturday, the death of the third volunteer was reported.
The Georgian Embassy in Ukraine has already started relevant procedures to fulfil the basic formalities to bring back the dead bodies of the three Georgian citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also added.
Bakhva Chikobava, Gia Beriashvili and David Ratiani were slain in Ukraine during a conflict with the Russian army. Since Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the Georgian Legion has been fighting on the Ukrainian side.
Last week, Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, stated that volunteers from 52 countries have arrived in Ukraine to join the fight against Russia.
According to UN estimates, since the war began on February 24, at least 847 people have been killed and 1,399 injured in Ukraine.
However, the UN believes the numbers are likely to be much higher.
As per the reports by the UN refugee agency, more than 3.32 million individuals have fled Ukraine, while some 6.5 million are estimated to be internally displaced.