Georgia concerned about civilian casualties in Ukraine’s Mariupol
Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan.26
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
Georgian Foreign Ministry has made a statement on the attack on a residential area in Ukraine's Mariupol city.
Rebels shelled the Ukrainian stronghold of Mariupol on Jan.24, killing at least 30 civilians and marking a potentially dangerous escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
The attack came a day after the pro-Russian separatists announced they were pulling out of peace talks and launching a new offensive.
Georgian Foreign Ministry expressed extreme concern over the killing of innocent people as a result of shelling of the residential areas in Mariupol from the territories controlled by the separatists.
"The steady increase in civilian casualties as a result of the attacks on Ukraine's Donetsk, Volnovakha and Mariupol cities causes alarm and even more escalates the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine," Georgian Foreign Ministry said in its statement.
"We believe that the deliberate use of destructive weapons against the civilian settlements requires an immediate response from the international community," said the statement. "Each of these cases should be immediately investigated."
Georgian Foreign Ministry expresses its solidarity with the Ukrainian people, expresses condolences to the bereaved families and shares their grief, according to the statement.
Edited by SI