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Family members, co-mates demand re-qualification of Aleksi Petriashvili’s case
Update Time: 2016-03-08 12:10:00
Family members, co-mates and lawyer demand requalification of the criminal case opened into wounding fact of Aleksi Petriashvili, Secretary General of Free Democrats Party.The shooting team of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel visited the house in Borjomi resort where Levan Mekvabishvili, one of the suspects on Petriashvili’s attack was detained. The suspect was renting the house. The suspect was presented charges last night. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) is intensively working on determination of the person who had ordered the attack. A criminal case is opened under Article #117.
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201 Ecstasy drug pills seized by MIA
Publish Time: 2016-01-06 12:39:00
Officers of Central Criminal Police Department as a result of operative-searching activities detained previously convicted Aleqsi M. (DoB 1983) for illegal purchase and keeping of drugs in especially large quantities.During the personal search of the detainee policemen seized 201 pills of ecstasy drug, which according to expertise contains 60,1192 gr of the MDM drug. Officers also seized 1 pill of “Suboxin” drug and piece of the tablet, containing 0,0180 gr of buprenorphine.Drug test revealed that Aleqsi M. was the consumer of marijuana. Investigation is in progress on the fact of illegal purchase and keeping of drugs in especially large quantities, article 260, VI, sub-paragraph A of the Criminal Code.
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Kiev clashes leave one dead and 100 injured
Publish Time: 2015-08-31 20:04:00
One  died in clashes that occurred near the Ukrainian Rada in Kiev on Monday. Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has stated that the number of those injured has hit 100. Clashes between police officers and protesters started several hours ago. The latter tried to invade the building of the Ukrainian Rada but the police have managed to stop them. Clash occurred when protesters have gathered in front of the Rada building to protest over the constitutional amendment on decentralization recently adopted by the Rada. 
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Russian military training in Georgia’s occupied regions
Publish Time: 2015-08-18 20:06:00
Russia is holding a large-scale military training for its army in Armenia, North Caucasus, Georgia’s two occupied regions and Crimea. Georgia calls on the international community for reaction in response to Russia’s demonstration of force. The Georgian side says that the Kremlin keeps on carrying out the same policy and tries to demonstrate it influence with use of military force. The opponents and experts demand a stricter reaction from the ruling team. According to former Defense Minister and Free Democrats leader Irakli Alasania, Russia demonstrates to the world with its large-scale exercises that it can accomplish anything through military means. "This is a natural step, through which it demonstrates to the world that that it can accomplish any task through military means. This is part of their propaganda. We must always remember that in this case we can only rely on ourselves. Therefore, we must purposefully reinforce our armaments, armed forces and the economy,” Alasania said. The Free Democrats party believes that it would be the most appropriate step for Georgia. "Making loud political statements is unnecessary. We must prepare for any military activity and we must raise our defense capabilities,” he said.The former Defense Minister is sure that Russia’s steps will be responded to by international organizations and the EU, though this is only one side of the coin.  “Development of our military and economy are paramount, though no signs of it are present in our country,” he said.During one month, 9 thousand artillerists and 3 thousand missile equipment will undergo training, the Russian Defense Ministry reports. The training will last till September 18. 
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Alarmed by escalation of conflict in Ukraine, Ban calls on parties to resume dialogue
Publish Time: 2015-08-18 13:17:00
Seriously alarmed by the recent escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine, which has reportedly resulted in the death of civilians on both sides of the contact line, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called all parties to end hostilities and resume talks.“[The Secretary-General] calls on all sides to continue with dialogue and to fully abide by the spirit and letter of the Minsk agreements, including as related to the use of heavy weapons. Continued cease-fire violations and the resulting loss of life are unacceptable,” said a statement issued by the Office of the UN Spokesperson.Aware of reports of harassment aimed at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Mr. Ban expects all parties to fully respect the role of its personnel and facilities, adds the statement.“He also calls on all sides to take urgent steps to de-escalate the current situation and prevent a spiral of violence that will lead to more deaths, human suffering and destruction of infrastructure and negatively affect regional stability.”They are equally asked to provide unrestricted and unconditional access for critical humanitarian assistance, and freedom of movement for civilians throughout the country, “in order to address a deteriorating humanitarian situation.”In late February 2014, the situation in Ukraine transcended what was initially seen as an internal Ukrainian political crisis into violent clashes in parts of the country, later reaching full-scale conflict in the east. Nevertheless, despite a September 2014 cease-fire agreed in Minsk, the fighting has since continuously deteriorated, with serious consequences for the country’s unity, territorial integrity and stability. 
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Another Georgian fighter killed in Ukraine
Publish Time: 2015-08-09 20:07:00
Another Georgian fighter 24-year-old Giorgi Barateli was killed in Ukraine. Barateli was killed as a result of bomb explosion.  Corpse of the fighter was transferred to Prosectorium of the Selidovo town. 
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Prime Minister says Georgia will not join sanctions against Russia
Publish Time: 2015-08-06 18:25:00
Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili says that Georgia will not join sanctions against Russia.“I personally was and I am still against of Georgia joining sanctions against Russia”,  - said Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili in response to a journalist’s question regarding the EU sanctions imposed against Russia. Opposition criticized Irakli Gharibashvili’s statement.
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Special regime of self-governance introduced in DPR
Publish Time: 2015-07-02 13:51:00
The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) will introduce a special regime of self-governance on the DPR territory, the republic’s head Alexander Zakharchenko said in a statement on Thursday. The statement also says local election in Donbas will take place on October 18.Zakharchenko said that Kiev’s recent unilateral actions on adopting amendments to Ukraine’s constitution serve as evidence that "the Kiev regime has de facto exited Minsk peace process" as reported by TASSS Russian News Gency."Under the circumstances, the Donetsk People’s Republic has to start implementing the Minsk agreements itself in order to save them," the DPR head said, adding that the republic "starts acting immediately, without waiting for Kiev to come to its senses."
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Georgian soldier dies in Ukraine
Publish Time: 2015-07-02 10:25:00
Georgian soldier Konstantine Lashkhia died in Ukraine.The soldier arrived in Ukraine one month ago. His corpse was found in the Azov Sea. The soldier was left with a wife and two children. 
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Ukraine crisis: Yanukovych regrets bloodshed in Kiev
Publish Time: 2015-06-23 13:31:00
Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych has said he accepts some responsibility for the killings that led to his overthrow in February 2014."I don't deny my responsibility," he told BBC Newsnight, when asked about the shooting of demonstrators in Kiev's Maidan Square.He never ordered the security forces to open fire, he said, but admitted he had not done enough to prevent bloodshed.It is his first Western media interview since the civil war erupted last year. "I did not give any orders [to use firearms], that was not my authority… I was against any use of force, let alone the use of firearms, I was against bloodshed."But the members of the security forces fulfilled their duties according to existing laws. They had the right to use weapons," he said.More than 100 protesters died in the clashes on Kiev's central square, where huge crowds had confronted police for months.A year after the bloodshed some witnesses told the BBC that fatal shots had also been fired at the police.In February 2014 Mr Yanukovych was whisked away by Russian special forces to a safe haven in Russia.
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EU extends Russia sanctions to 2016
Publish Time: 2015-06-22 17:15:00
EU foreign ministers have extended economic sanctions against Russia until the end of January 2016, - BBC reported. The aim is to make Russia comply with the Minsk ceasefire accord signed with Ukraine in February, EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic tweeted.EU and US sanctions target associates of President Vladimir Putin and Russian state banks, military and energy firms.The ministers also launched a naval operation called EU Navfor Med, to track Mediterranean people smugglers.Initially European warships will just monitor the smugglers' activities - focused on Libya - and alert national authorities. Military intervention to stop the migrant boats would require UN authorisation.
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Poroshenko, Obama discuss situation in Donbas ahead of G7 summit
Publish Time: 2015-06-06 13:33:00
The Ukrainian and US presidents, Petro Poroshenko and Barack Obama, had a telephone conversation on Friday to discuss the latest developments in Donbas ahead of a G7 summit, the press service of the Ukrainian president reported."President Poroshenko and President Obama stated that the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is a guarantee of peaceful settlement in Donbas," it said.The press service said the presidents "coordinated positions ahead of a meeting of the G7 leaders, due in Germany on June 7, in particular as to continuation of pressure on Russia".According to the press service, "Obama pledged full support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine". The Ukrainian president, for his part, thanked his counterpart "for substantial assistance in the strengthening of Ukraine’s defence capability, in particular through joint exercises, and urged for future cooperation". 
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Russia’s negative reaction on results of Eastern Partnership Riga Summit
Publish Time: 2015-05-23 20:07:00
As soon as the declaration of Eastern Partnership Riga Summit was published, Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement. The European Partnership summit in Riga has failed again to stop the deepening split of Europe, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday."…the summit in Riga, under pressure of immediate goals set by some participants, has failed to use another opportunity to make a step toward preventing the further split of the continent," the ministry said in a statement."The European Partnership, in essence, remains an ideology-dependent geopolitical project whose implementation is strongly and negatively influenced by some EU member-states with historical record of anti-Russian paranoia," the statement said as reported by Sputnik. 
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Ukraine crisis: President Poroshenko talks of 'real war' with Russia
Publish Time: 2015-05-20 13:56:00
Ukraine's president has told the BBC his country is now in a "real war" with Russia - and that Ukrainians should prepare for a Russian offensive.President Petro Poroshenko told the BBC's Fergal Keane he did not trust his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. However he said he had no option but to negotiate with Mr Putin.Russia denies Western accusations that it has sent regular troops and armour to help the rebels in eastern Ukraine.The United Nations says at least 6,000 people have been killed since fighting started in eastern Ukraine in April 2014.Pro-Russian rebels made significant gains in the region, including, most recently, the rail hub of Debaltseve. They, and Russia, have denied they are receiving Moscow's support.But Russia's role has again come into question, after the capture on Saturday of two men Ukraine said were elite Russian soldiers working in eastern Ukraine.In a video, the men confirmed they were active Russian servicemen, but Moscow said they were no longer employed by the state when they were caught.Mr Poroshenko said: "Can I be absolutely clear with you this is not a fight with Russian-backed separatists, this is a real war with Russia."The fact that we captured...Russian regular special forces soldiers [is] strong evidence of that." 
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Merkel says Ukraine's territorial integrity must be restored
Publish Time: 2015-05-11 11:16:00
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Sunday in Moscow that Ukraine's territorial integrity must be restored, and that her country would continue to work with Russia to meet that goal. Merkel made the comments at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in the Kremlin. She emphasized that Germany is "working with Russia, not against it."Merkel arrived in Moscow on Sunday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.She and Putin laid a wreath at a memorial for Soviet soldiers killed during World War II, and then they discussed bilateral ties and collaboration on finding a solution to the violent conflict in Ukraine.Russia's relations with the West have plummeted to a post-Cold War low since Ukraine ousted its pro-Russian president in February last year, and then in subsequent weeks Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimea region and supported an uprising by pro-Russian separatists in that country's east.Last week the European Parliament said in a statement that it was considering giving weapons to Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions against Russia if Crimea is not returned to Ukraine.Merkel and other Western leaders snubbed a massive Victory Day parade held in Moscow on Saturday that showcased Russia's military might.Merkel said Sunday that she came to Moscow to work on solutions to a range of international conflicts, including in Ukraine and Syria, and that Russia and Germ
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Georgian fighter, killed in Ukraine, to be buried today
Publish Time: 2015-04-26 12:40:00
Georgian fighter Giorgi Janelidze, killed in Ukraine, will be buried at Mukhatgverdi cemetery today. Prior to that the body will be laid in Kashveti Church. The body of the Georgian fighter was transferred to Georgia yesterday. Speaker of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry Davit Kereselidze, representatives of Ukraine’s Embassy to Georgia, members of parliamentary opposition attended the ceremony at Tbilisi International Airport. Member of the Azov Batallion Giorgi Janelidze was killed in a battle near the village of Shirokino.
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Body of Georgian fighter killed in Ukraine repatriated to Georgia
Update Time: 2015-04-25 16:31:00
The body of Georgian fighter Giorgi Janelidze, killed in Ukraine, has been repatriated to Georgia. Press Speaker of Georgian Foreign Ministry Davit Kereselidze, representatives of Ukrainian Embassy in Georgia and oppositional MPs attended the ceremony at Tbilisi International Airport. They expressed condolence to the mother of Georgian soldier. The body will be rested at Kashueti Church on April 26. Janelidze will be buried at Mukhatgverdi Brothers’ Cemetery. Janelidze, a member of “Azov” Battalion was killed on April 18 at Shirokino village in east Ukraine.  
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Civil funeral of Georgian fighter to be held in Kiev
Update Time: 2015-04-24 12:25:00
Civil funeral of Georgian fighter Giorgi Janelidze who died in east Ukraine during military activities will be held at Maidan Square in Kiev today. The funeral will be attended by the representatives of Georgian Consulate and the representatives of Ukrainian government.Ukraine Patriarch awarded Janelidze with Medal of Heroism.The deceased soldier’s wife arrived in Kiev on this occasion. Javelidze was killed on April 18. 
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Patriarch of Ukraine handed to Janelidze's spouse a order of "Love and Devotion of Ukraine"
Publish Time: 2015-04-23 16:09:00
The body of Giorgi Janelidze,  Georgian fighters killed in Ukraine will be transferred to Kiev tomorrow. Public funeral will be held on the Maidan.The Patriarch of Ukrainian Orthodox Church handed to the spouse of Janelidze the special Order of "Love and Devotion of Ukraine".
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Ukraine’s MPs endorse resolution on ‘repelling Russian armed aggression’
Publish Time: 2015-04-21 17:01:00
Ukraine’s parliament adopted a resolution on Tuesday "on rebuffing Russia’s armed aggression and overcoming its aftermath," although Moscow officially denies such Kiev’s claims.A total of 259 MPs voted in favor of the respective decision, above the required minimum of 226 votes.An explanatory note says the bill is aimed at "creating legal grounds for submitting a consolidated claim to the Russian Federation in connection with the armed aggression against Ukraine."The Ukrainian lawmakers demand that Russia should immediately release all the prisoners of war and pull out all the Russian armed units from Ukraine’s territory, as well as implement the Minsk agreements regarding the full restoration of control over the state border on the part of Ukraine.The document also calls on Moscow to immediately return Crimea to Ukraine and also stop sending humanitarian convoys for Donbas citizens via the Ukrainian state border.Moscow has repeatedly stated that no one has yet provided any real proof of the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, although the Russian-Ukrainian border is under the watchful eye of Western secret services.In turn, the Russian diplomats constantly ask their Western colleagues if there are any legal grounds allowing foreign mercenaries to fight along the regular troops in eastern Ukraine, ITAR-Tass news agency reports.
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