The body of Georgi Djanelidze, known as Satana, had been mined to kill or maim those who tried to recover his body. The 41-year-old soldier was shot to death after hoisting a Georgian and Ukrainian flag on territory controlled by the Kremlin’s insurgents.
While he gave his life fighting for Ukraine, his death was not even mentioned by Ukrainian officials the next day. Government military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said “no Ukrainian forces” had died in the battle. Asked about the Georgian’s death, Lysenko directed journalists to the Georgian Embassy.
The comments, dismissive of the ultimate sacrifice made by Djanelidze, put a cold distance between the official government line and foreign fighters who don’t have Ukrainian citizenship, required for legally serving in government-commanded units in the military structure.