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Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili's train halted near Ukraine border

Ex-Georgian leader Saakashvili's train halted near Ukraine border”

On July 26, 2017, while Saakashvili was in the United States, Poroshenko stripped him of his Ukrainian citizenship.

The ex-Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili, who became opposed to the government of Kiev, which entered force on Sunday in Ukraine, where, although he was stripped of his Ukrainian nationality, he wants to participate in the elections, promote reforms and to fight corruption.

Around 1,500 supporters marched with the exiled ex-Georgian leader on the Ukrainian side of the border before he hopped into a auto bound for the western city of Lviv, where around 500 supporters greeted him on his arrival. Saakashvili was outside the country when the decision was made.

"It does not matter who violates the state border - invaders in the East or politicians in the West".

Ukraine's Interior Ministry said that 11 policemen and five border guards were injured in yesterday's affray.

Saakashvili was appointed to the Odessa post in 2015 on the strength of his record of fighting corruption in Georgia.

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Saakashvili lost his Georgian citizenship when Poroshenko, a former ally, granted him Ukrainian citizenship.

"I have a clear plan: to end theft from the economy; to end the power of the oligarchy; to end misuse of power", Mr Saakashvili said. Saakashvili left the country but vowed to return, and on Sunday he set out to do so from Poland, accompanied by a gaggle of journalists and supporters from Ukraine, including former Prime Minister Yulia V. Tymoshenko. "There should be direct legal accountability", Poroshenko said, according to the Kyiv Post.

"We believe that Mikheil Saakashvili can lead our country out of the crisis", Lyudmyla Goretska, one of thousands of supporters waiting in Krakovets on the Ukrainian side of the border, told AFP. He then traveled by bus to the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing, where he was allowed to pass through a Polish checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, but then temporarily blocked from reaching the Ukrainian checkpoint by a line of border guards standing arm-in-arm.

Police have launched a criminal investigation into Sunday's incident, while General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said those who crossed the border illegally would be prosecuted. After the incident had already gained significant global media attention, Saakashvili and his allies broke through the guards, reports The Associated Press reports.

Kiev could leave Saakashvili alone or arrest him and possibly extradite him to Georgia, where the 49-year-old is wanted on criminal charges, which he says are politically motivated.



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