Breaking through the state border is a crime, and perpetrators should be punished. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman posted that on Facebook, commenting on yesterday’s events at Shegyni checkpoint in Lviv, region, western Ukraine.
‘A forceful breach of the Ukrainian border is a crime, and those behind it must be brought to responsibility,’ he wrote.
According to Groysman, ‘those who abused the guys protecting our state and its borders should bear the toughest responsibility’.
‘To me, it is another attack of certain Ukrainian politicians against our statehood. I’m not going to comment on Saakashvili’s actions, as he’s got his own goals and motives. I’m talking about those populists acting on the ‘the worse – the better’ principle,’ the Premier insisted.
The official added that ‘now is the time when one could expect attempts to de-stabilize the situation in the country by those not interested in Ukraine’s success’.
Groysman urged Ukrainian MPs and the media to ‘abstain from keeping the fly wheel of chaos and destruction going’. ‘It’s a time to fight for the state, not for the power,’ he concluded.
On Sunday, September 11, ex-president of Georgia and former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine. He crossed the border at the checkpoint Shegyni. 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 Saakashvili 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.