Monday, 11 September 2017

Georgia's ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili 'forces entry' to Ukraine



Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's ex-president and one-time regional governor in Ukraine, has crossed into the country, helped by hundreds of his supporters.

 
Mr Saakashvili said he was unexpectedly swept over the border by a crowd, angry that the crossing was closed.


"They swept us up and carried us into Ukraine," he said.


Ukrainian officials say he entered illegally, and 16 border guards and National guardsmen were injured.


There were scuffles at the border between Mr Saakashvili's supporters and border officials, Ukraine says.


Mr Saakashvili, formerly Georgian, then Ukrainian, is now a stateless person, as his Ukrainian citizenship was removed by his former ally, President Petro Poroshenko, after a falling out.


He is also wanted in Georgia on criminal charges, which he claims are politically motivated.


Earlier on Sunday, his train was held at a railway station in Przemysl, Poland, as Ukrainian border guards denied him entry.


Mr Saakashvili was joined by a number of his supporters, including former Ukrainian Prime Minister and current opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.


He later told a pro-opposition TV station that the border authorities "provoked and provoked" people.


But he praised the Ukrainian border guards and National Guard members for not using violence.




BBC     News.