Ukraine is Investigating Mikheil Saakashvili for Illegal Entry Into the Country

Ex-Georgian president Saakashvili forces way into Ukraine

In 2015, he was appointed governor of Odessa by Poroshenko, but the two fell out last November after Saakashvili accused the president of blocking efforts to stop corruption. But seeing Saakashvili, a politician who claims to bring a new quality into Ukrainian politics, with Tymoshenko, who represents an old guard, raised eyebrows.

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.

Back home in Georgia, he started out as an internationally praised reformer but later he was criticised for monopolising power and exerting pressure on the judiciary.

The President of Ukraine also spoke on the situation. After the incident had already gained significant global media attention, Saakashvili and his allies broke through the guards, reports The Associated Press reports. "This is very sad", Saakashvili said Friday in Warsaw.

Mr Saakashvili has denied the accusations, branding them a political witch hunt. The latter quit, accusing Poroshenko of abetting corruption and turned into one of his loudest critics.

The ex-Georgian president, who was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship in July, now risks extradition to Georgia.

"We believe in the fact that Mikheil Saakashvili can lead our country out of the crisis", supporter Lyudmyla Goretska told France24.

"I hope this gentleman [Saakashvili] will strive with the same zeal to get into Georgia as he did to reach Ukraine". "A crime was committed instead", he said. "There should be direct legal accountability", Poroshenko said, according to the Kyiv Post.

Ukrainian law enforcement agencies said Sahakashvili and his supporters face a possible 5 year prison term.

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.

Ukraine's record of implementing reforms has been patchy since Poroshenko took office in 2014. "We see what he did in his own country (Georgia) and that's enough for us". This was an immature and emotional decision to get rid of his irritating former friend.

Saakashvili himself referred to Georgia and his struggles there as well by stating that this march was a good sign for both Ukraine and Georgia: "Even though I am concentrated on Ukraine right now, it doesn't mean that I have forgotten about Georgia for even second".

Saakashvili took power in Georgia after a peaceful uprising, known as the Rose Revolution, in 2003.

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