Banner with portraits of 'Donbass' veterans. Screenshot from Semyon Semenchenko's Facebook page:

05 December 2018, 01:24

"Donbass" veterans arrested in Georgia go on hunger strike

The six citizens of Ukraine and a citizen of Georgia, detained in Tbilisi during a special operation, have gone on a hunger strike in protest against the charges of illegal acquisition and possession of weapons, their advocate has announced.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 2, during a special operation held in Tbilisi, six citizens of Ukraine and a citizen of Georgia were detained; during a search weapons and ammunition were seized from them. According to investigators, all the detainees are fighters of the "Donbass", a Ukrainian battalion of volunteers. On December 4, the court decided to place them into custody.

One of them announced a hunger strike back on December 3, their advocate, Giorgi Rostomashvili, has reported. "I asked him to stop the hunger strike; and I thought that he had obeyed me; but today, it turned out that all of them are on a hunger strike," the RIA "Novosti" quotes the advocate as saying.

The hunger-strikers disagree with the accusations put forward against them, the "Interfax" has reported today referring to Mr Rostomashvili.

Semyon Semenchenko, a former commander of the "Donbass" battalion, now an MP of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, has confirmed that in 2014-2016, all the defendants fought as members of this unit.

Semenchenko asserts that all the seven defendants came to Georgia to visit their relatives.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 4, 2018 at 07:44 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

All news

May 20, 2019 22:08

May 20, 2019 21:49

  • Relatives report pressure on Azerbaijani activist in colony

    Babek Gasanov, a member of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), was subjected to inhuman treatment in the colony, his brother has stated today. In its turn, the country's Penitentiary Service treated the actions of the colony staff as legitimate.

May 20, 2019 17:54

  • Relatives tell about search of the housing of Ingush MP's son

    Investigators believe that Daud Mamilov, a son of an Ingush MP, was involved in creating a terrorist unit and took oath to the "Islamic State" (IS), a terrorist organization, banned in Russia by the court. Law enforcers spent many hours searching the house and seized cell phones, a child's tablet and books in the Arabic language, said Daud's wife.

May 20, 2019 17:38

May 20, 2019 17:28

News archive