The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accidentally recognized the independence of Abkhazia. A statement to this effect appeared on the official website of the Ukrainian leader after his visit to Georgia. However, the release was quickly edited.
In the original version, the text said that Zelensky got acquainted with the situation on the border with Abkhazia, i.e. de facto recognition of the republic’s independence occurred. The second version replaced the word “border” with “line of occupation.
In doing so, Abkhaz diplomat Kan Tania even managed to thank Zelenski before the release was changed. “First of all, the headline on the website of the President of Ukraine does not write about the so-called “administrative line” by the Georgian authorities, but calls things by their proper names – that is, the border with Abkhazia,” Taniya wrote on his Facebook.
The MP also assumed that the changes were made at the request of the Georgian authorities, adding that it all looks very funny
Georgian politicians have not yet reacted in any way to the incident. During the international conference in Batumi, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova agreed to move together towards European integration.
Abkhazia declared its independence from Georgia in 1994 during the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and South Ossetia in 1992. On August 26, 2008, Moscow recognized the sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. However, Georgia refuses to recognize the independence of its former autonomies.