Former governor Mikheil Saakashvili 'forces entry' to Ukraine
00:33, Sep 12, 2017
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Party in the bus, he then opted for the train, then returned to the bus to eventually make it to the post of Medyka, where the border guard Polish let it pass, aim where he found himself facing a barrage of men in uniform Ukrainian and cars. 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.
Saakashvili's attorneys argue that it is illegal for a nation to strip a citizen of their citizenship rights when this leaves the person stateless. In 2015, Saakashvili was stripped of his Georgian citizenship due to receiving a Ukrainian passport.
Saakashvili, also an ex-governor of Odessa, was banned from entering Ukraine after falling out with the country's president. It is not clear if Ukraine intends to honor that request.
Saakashvili has said the allegations against him in Georgia are politically motivated.
The Kyiv Post confirms that Saakashvili is now in a hotel in Lviv, guarded by "about 70 fully uniformed soldiers of the Donbas battalion" who answer to Saakashvili allies.
Saakashvili earlier claimed that Ukrainian police stole his passport shortly after he had crossed the border.
Saakashvili had meant to travel through another crossing point, where hundreds of supporters had gathered on the Ukrainian side.
"I am not afraid". He reportedly met Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi late Sunday night.
Georgia's government is seeking Saakashvili's arrest and extradition on allegations that he misappropriated property and abused his powers when he was president of his native Georgia from 2004 to 2013.
Ukrainian officials say he entered illegally, and 16 border guards and National guardsmen were injured.
The charismatic Saakashvili is credited with pushing through pro-Western and anti-graft reforms in Georgia. 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.
The breakthrough across Ukraine's border occurred when Saakashvili and people traveling with him, including his wife, son, and several Ukrainian MPs, were stranded in the neutral zone between Ukraine and Poland.
Another said he came to support the former Georgian leader "because he opened our eyes as the Odessa region governor".
"We see a roll-back of reforms in Ukraine, we see a crackdown on anti-corruption activities in Ukraine".
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