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Saakashvili may eat another tie, this time for Ukraine

Saakashvili may eat another tie, this time for Ukraine

To the cry of "Misha, Misha, Misha", the army of Saakashvili's supporters (according to reporters on the ground, a lot of them were activists of Saakashvili's party) viciously broke through the live cordon, violating the border, to bring Mikheil Saakashvili into the country while singing Ukrainian anthem.

Saakashvili, who was president of Georgia until 2013, acquired Ukrainian citizenship in 2015 but was stripped of that in July after a bitter falling out with his former ally, President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili vowed on Monday (Sept 11) to reclaim his place in Ukrainian politics after he defied the authorities and forced his way back into the conflict-riven country. Saakashvili was outside the country when the decision was made.

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

"I want to thank everyone, all our heroes, all those people, all the veterans, all the lawmakers who have helped us", Saakashvili said after crossing.

"It does not matter who violates the state border - invaders in the East or politicians in the West". It left him effectively stateless as Georgia has also withdrawn his citizenship.

Saakashvili said he would travel to all regions of Ukraine to unite "different political forces around a common theme that we must have a democracy and we should not let oligarchs hold sway".

The border breakthrough at the Medyka-Shehyni crossing point on the Polish-Ukrainian border came after a day of drama and repeatedly changing travel plans. According to the State Border Guard Service, 12 National Police fighters and 10 border guards have sustained bodily harm.

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The president said Saakashvili should have used Ukrainian courts to challenge the revocation.

Under the law, Saakashvili could face up to 5 years in prison if convicted.

In November 2016, Saakashvili quit his post and formed an opposition party and was seen heavily criticizing the Ukrainian authorities, which led to a disagreement between Poroshenko and the ex-Georgian President.

France24 reports that Saakashvili began his train ride into Ukraine Sunday flanked by a number of supporters and controversial political allies, including the anti-Russian former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko.

"We didn't want this country when we stayed on Maidan", he told reporters.

Prosecutor-General Yuri Lutsenko said late on Sunday that charges would be pursued against organisers of Saakashvili's unauthorised entry.

While there is sympathy for Mr Saakashvili in Ukraine - where many people believe the ruling elite is increasing pressure on critics and failing to fulfil its reform pledges - polls suggest he would not be a major challenger in elections due in 2019.


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