Saakashvili Enters Ukraine the Hard Way

Mikheil Saakashvili

Mikheil Saakashvili

"I am fighting against rampant corruption, against the fact that oligarchs are in full control of Ukraine again, against the fact that Maidan has been betrayed", Saakashvili said at a press conference in the city of Lviv.

Meanwhile Poroshenko's office said Saakashvili had failed to deliver change as governor and said his Ukrainian citizenship was withdrawn because he allegedly put false information on his registration form.

Saakashvili became a Ukrainian citizen in 2015, giving up his Georgian citizenship. Saakashvili says the decision was politically motivated.

"Poroshenko took all passengers of this train as hostages and is telling everyone that no-one will go anywhere", Saakashvili told reporters.

But Saakashvili was swept over the border on Sunday by a crowd of his supporters, angry that the crossing was closed. "Instead of this, a crime has been committed, because there is a constitutional principle of inviolability of borders", Poroshenko said.

Mr Saakashvili has denied the accusations, branding them a political witch hunt.

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Saakashvili and his travel companions, including former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukrainian officials and journalists, later boarded a bus to the border.

He has brandished his Ukrainian passport on several occasions and also maintains that officials working for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva have confirmed his status as "stateless in Ukraine", meaning he has the right to be there to appeal against Poroshenko's decision to withdraw his citizenship.

"The forceful breakthrough of the Ukrainian border is a crime, and those who are involved in the organisation of this act must be held accountable for it". He added that many Georgians and other nationals died during the Russia-Ukrainian war for the cause of justice and, therefore, he wouldn't allow Poroshenko turn into another Putin. The Ukrainian president noted that this was not a political case, rather "this issue was within the competence of law enforcement agencies".

Saakashvili was a strong supporter of those pro-democracy protests and has accused Poroshenko of betraying their ideals. I, as president, will surely comply with any court ruling. Earlier, Polish border guards let Saakashvili out of the country but warned about possible problems with the Ukrainian side. "We see what he did in his own country (Georgia) and that's enough for us".

Prosecutor-General Yury Lutsenko said late on September 10 that charges would be pursued against the people who helped organize Saakashvili's entry.

Georgia has requested his extradition.

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