Six Ukrainians Detained in Georgia
The Georgian Interior Ministry said that it had detained six Ukrainian citizens and a Georgian who had weapons and ammunition
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry confirmed the detention of six Ukrainians, Deputy Director of the Consular Service Department and Head of the Consular Office of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Vasyl Kyrylych told Ukrinform.
“The Tbilisi Police Department has confirmed the detention of six Ukrainian citizens. Lawyers have been appointed for detained Ukrainians,” Kyrylych said.
He said, referring to the Tbilisi Police Department, that the rights of the detainees had not been violated and that the Ukrainian consul was holding meetings with representatives of the Georgian Foreign Ministry on this issue.
On Sunday, the Georgian Interior Ministry said that it had detained six Ukrainian citizens and a Georgian who had weapons and ammunition.
The detainees include Luka Chkhetia, a former Georgian soldier who fought for the Ukrainian nationalist volunteer battalion Donbas. The family said Chkhetia planned to join in the protest of ex-Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili’ former ruling party, the United National Movement, in Tbilisi on Dec 2.
Socialist Party of Ukraine head Illia Kiva wrote on Facebook that the detainees allegedly included Verkhovna Rada deputy Semen Semenchenko, who avoided being arrested in Georgia as a holder of Ukrainian diplomatic passport. Semenchenko denied the claim and said that the detained Ukrainians had no plans to participate in protests.
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