The positions of the Georgian government and the Georgian people have been different following the start of the Russia-Ukraine full-scale war in February: while thousands of Georgian resolutely marched to the streets to condemn Russian aggression and demand action, the government avoided poking the bear in the eye and limited the response to Russia’s crimes to sending humanitarian aid to Ukraine and accepting refugees.
With Georgian government and parliament under the control of a pro-Russian oligarch, Georgia stays under the hemisphere of Russia. This explains the disgraceful rhetoric of Georgian representatives towards Ukraine, the refusal to join international anti-Russia sanctions and failing to directly call Russia an agressor and an occupier.
Georgians as a nation, on the other hand, do not need to be explained what Russian occupation is. There is a full understanding that Ukrainians are fightning not only for their freedom but also for the future of Georgia without Russian aggression. Georgians support Ukraine and its fight!
Georgians as a nation are consolidated in their support of Ukraine fighting Russian aggression. The Georgian government, however, avoids taking direct action against Russia, in particular, by refusing to join international sanctions against the aggressor. The Ukraine in Flames #113 shines a light on the reasons for such a difference in attitude.
- Khatia Dekanoidze, Georgian politician, Chief of the National Police of Ukraine (2015-2016)
- Tamar Kintsurashvili, Executive Director of Media Development Foundation (Georgia).
UKRAINE IN FLAMES project is created by Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Ukrainian Catholic University’s analitical center and NGO “Euroatlantic Course”. We are aiming at searching a loud support for Ukraine in the war started by Russia on the 24th of February 2022.
If you want to support Ukraine against Russian aggression, check the link with recommendations by Ukraine Crisis Media Center – https://uacrisis.org/en/help-ukraine.
NGO Euroatlantic Course collects donations to support Ukrainian Army and civilians – https://eac.org.ua/en/main-page/.