Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
4th April, 2016
The paramilitary formation “Georgian National Legion” is ready to support Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh via its officers stationed in Georgia. This statement was made by the commander of the Legion – Mamuka (Ushangi) Mamulashvili.
“The Azerbaijani-Russian conflict was unleashed in Karabakh, which is an integral part of Azerbaijan. We do not support the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and we are all well aware that a collision is provoked by Russia and Putin’s regime!”, said the national legionary on their social media page.
Resolute commander Mamulashvili, after the adoption of the law on the right of foreigners to serve in armed forces of Ukraine, was one of the first who arrived with his group to participate in the punitive “ATO” against Donbass. Initially, he received a Ukrainian military ID. All members of the Georgian Legion are contracted soldiers of the APU, and became part of the 25th mechanized infantry battalion “Kievan Rus”. The Georgian mercenaries have been fighting against the NAF on the territory of Donbass since 2014.
Ukrainian media made it clear that before the legalization of the “Georgian Legion”, there was a small sabotage and reconnaissance group of up to 20 people, which operated mainly in the territory of the LPR. In its composition, except Georgians, were French, Italian, and Swiss fighters. However, reliable information on the number of foreigners in “the Legion” and their countries of origin are unknown.