TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- The body of a Georgian volunteer fighter in Ukraine has been returned to his homeland, a grim reminder of how eastern Ukraine's conflict carries traces of a war of a quarter-century ago.
About 100 Georgian volunteers are fighting along with Ukrainian forces against Russia-backed separatist rebels, Georgian Gen. Georgi Kalandadze has said. Two are known to have died. On the other side, fighters from the separatist Georgian region of Abkhazia reportedly have been battling alongside the Ukrainian rebels.
Soon after the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, war broke out in Abkhazia between Russian-supported separatists and Georgian forces. Georgian forces were eventually driven out.
In Georgia, resentment over the loss is deep. The death of Tamaz Sukhiashvil, whose body came back on Thursday, appeared to bolster Georgia's animosity toward Russia.