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Ex-Georgian president forces way into Ukraine

Ex-Georgian president forces way into Ukraine

"Now, I am strongly convinced that this issue was within the competence of law enforcement agencies and they started acting. The passport was in a bag, and they searched the bus and then there was no passport", he told reporters.

According to Ukrainian authorities, 11 police officers and five border guards received minor injuries during clashes with Saakashvili's supporters.

Earlier Sunday, Ukrainian authorities blocked a Kiev-bound train in Poland carrying Saakashvili, who eventually got off and took a bus to the Medyka crossing. It left him effectively stateless as he previously lost his Georgian citizenship because of the country's rules about dual nationality.

Has Krakovets, city-Ukrainian border by which it originally meant to enter Ukraine, several dozens of his supporters had gathered in the hope to welcome her arrival.

Amid shouts of "victory" and "glory to Ukraine", Saakashvili returned to Ukraine despite being stripped of Ukrainian citizenship by his one-time ally, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and facing possible arrest and deportation. His Ukrainian citizenship, bestowed by Poroshenko when he made him governor of Odessa in 2015, has been withdrawn, and polls show little support for his party, the Movement of New Forces. He has been known as a pro-Western, pro-NATO political leader in both Georgia and Ukraine.

The Georgian prosecutor's office repeatedly called for Kiev to extradite Saakashvili, but the Ukrainian side rejected the appeals at least twice.

MOSCOW (AP) - Ukraine's president on Monday criticized former governor Mikhail Saakashvili for illegally crossing into Ukraine from Poland.

Saakashvili's relationship with Poroshenko dates back almost three decades to when they were students at the same university in Kiev and their shared opposition to the Kremlin later brought them together as politicians.

"It looks like he is getting rid of a political opponent and no matter how many times he says that I am not a danger to him, every action of his shows exactly the opposite, that he regards me as a great and immediate danger", he said.

Those who accompanied the former Georgia leader included former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Another supporter, Maria, 49, who declined to give her surname, said she believes "Saakashvili is the future president" of Ukraine and "will finish the war" with Russian Federation.

Upon arriving in Lviv, where he remains, Saakashvili protested that his guards stole his Ukrainian passport, which he insists remains valid despite Poroshenko's attempts to strip him of citizenship. Ukrainian Member of Parliament Ivan Krulko, cited by BBC, said the guards had allowed Saakashvili into the country.


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