World media about Saakashvili's crossing of Ukrainian border

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Saakashvili's break through the state border will be remembered more than all his activities at the governor's post
09:27, 12 September 2017

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American The New York Times published an article with a catchy headline: "Ex-Leader, Now a Man Without a Country, Surfaces in Ukraine." 

"Mikheil Saakashvili, a former president of Georgia, finds himself in an unusual position for a former head of state: He is stateless, and spent Sunday trying to enter a country that does not want him, first by train, then by bus and finally on foot with a crowd of supporters who forced open the border into Ukraine," as said in an article.

The New York Times

Financial Times wrote that former head of Odesa regional administration "made a dramatic yet illegal and high-stakes return late on Sunday as an opposition figure into the country after being refused entry across the border twice in a chaotic day."

The Financial Times

Many Western media have reprinted an article of Associated Press about how the ex-president of Georgia tried to get to Ukraine and Kyiv's reaction to this.

Associated Press

"Saakashvili's seemingly fireproof self-confidence and headstrong actions brought him both admiration and disdain as Georgia's leader and later as governor of Ukraine's Odessa region," writes author of another article in Associated Press.

Associated Press

Polish Gazeta Wyborcza published an article titled "Maneuvers of Kyiv and Saakashvili on the Polish-Ukrainian border."

"By bus, by train and again by bus - this is how Micheil Saakashvili, who was deprived of Ukrainian citizenship, tried to enter Ukraine on Sunday. This is a kind of a preview of the brutal presidential campaign in 2019," the article says.

Russian Niezavisimaya Gazeta (NG) wrote that "Saakashvili and Tymoshenko are parceling the power." 

"... one of the experts told NG how he sees the possible development of the situation: "Tymoshenko is the president, Saakashvili is prime minister... But  they will need to hold early parliamentary elections and hold their parties in parliament to be able to form a ruling coalition."

Gazeta Wyborcza

One of the experts at Georgian Kvirispalitra stated that in the nearest future Saakashvili would not return to Georgia, because deportation process is very long. He adds that Europe and the US would not support this, however Poroshenko dreams of this very scenario.


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.

Related: The return of the prodigal Saakashvili

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.

Related: Poroshenko on Saakashvili: it’s unimportant who breaks through borders – militants in East or crooked politicians in West

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.


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