The former head of the Odesa State Administration and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that he was in Ukraine legally, and accused Ukrainian police of stealing his passport in the bus. He stated this at a briefing in Lviv.
"I came yesterday, I crossed the Polish border with a legal Ukrainian document, Poles stamped, and then I came to Ukrainians, as provided by law, gave a passport, so they either refuse or accept it. They said that they will not take my passport. They said "We will not take your application." When this happened, people without asking them, brought me in their arms to Ukraine, I got my passport out on the bus. The police came, searched the bus and stole my passport," Saakashvili explained.
According to the politician, his lawyer visited the State Migration Service Monday in Lviv, where he left a "declaration of protection from the Ukrainian state”.
“That is, I am now absolutely legally in Ukraine, I turned for the protection of Ukraine, and Ukraine should now go to court with me and decide my request for protection from the Ukrainian state," he added.
"I wanted to go through these procedures yesterday, they did not let me,
I went this morning. So I do not understand what this hysteria was about," Saakashvili said.
As it was reported earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stopped the Ukrainian citizenship of the former president of Georgia and the former Chairman of Odesa Region State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili by the decree on the basis of the point 2, article 19 of the Decree on Citizenship, precisely on the basis of the false data that is indicated at the form. Saakashvili wrote that he is not under the investigation in Ukraine or in any other country but it is known that the former president was arrested in absentia in Georgia.
The migration service also noted that the MP Andry Lozovoy filed the request to the General Prosecutor Office concerning the citizenship of Saakashvili and the prosecutor’s office contacted the service. And the Commission on Citizenship Issue made the proper decision on the request.
On August 16, Mikheil Saakashvili announced that he would return to Ukraine on September 10 through the checkpoint in Lviv region. However, the Deputy Head of State Border Guard service of Ukraine Vasyl Servatiuk said that the Ukrainian passports will be seized from the politician and he will be returned to Poland
The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine confirmed the receipt of a request for the extradition of Mikheil Saakashvili, since in Georgia he acts as a defendant in 4 four criminal proceedings and on August 4, 2014 was put on the wanted list.
Saakashvili did arrive in Ukraine on Sunday, August 10.
Saakashvili literally broke into Ukraine, because the crowd that gathered at the checkpoint broke through the border from the Ukrainian side and made a fight with the border guards who were in the transit zone.
Initially, it was planned that he would cross the border through the checkpoint Krakowiec. There was a lot of his supporters, and there was even a fight with the police. As a result of the riots, more than one hundred people were detained. Considering all this, the party decided that Saakashvili would go to Ukraine by train from Przemysl.
However, the train was delayed, as reported in the "Ukrzaliznytsya" because of a man who has no reason to enter Ukraine. It was, apparently, Mikheil Saakashvili.
As a result, the passengers of the train, and with them Saakashvili, were taken to the bus and headed to the Shegyni checkpoint where many people have already gathered to support Saakashvili.