Ukrainian leaders' reaction on Saakashvili's return

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko supported the actions of border guards on the non-use of weapons and criticized the methods chosen by Saakashvili and his supporters
14:05, 11 September 2017

The former president of Georgia and the former Chairman of Odesa Region State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine on Sunday, September 10. His arrival caused a wave of reactions among Ukraine’s high officials.

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko supported the actions of border guards on the non-use of weapons and criticized the methods chosen by Saakashvili and his supporters.

According to Poroshenko, law enforcement officers need to deal with the incident, and they have already started to do it. The president also expressed hope that Saakashvili would be as persistent in returning to Georgia as he sought to get to Ukraine.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman called Saakashvili’s break through Ukrainian border a crime.

‘A forceful breach of the Ukrainian border is a crime, and those behind it must be brought to responsibility,’ he wrote.

The Internal Minister Arsen Avakov suggested two options for Saakashvili and his supporters.

According to the official, the ex-president of Georgia and his supporters should either complete border checkpoint procedure – exactly where they started, at Shegyni checkpoint – or show up at the Migration Service desk. All of the involved in the yesterday’s incident should testify before the police.

Avakov added that those behind the incident will be identified and brought to criminal responsibility. 

Related: Georgia asks Ukraine to extradite Saakashvili

And the Prosecutor General Ihor Lutsenko actually promised to hold accountable the organizers of illegal border crossing the Shegyni checkpoint.

The Prosecutor General is sure that the only way to resolve disputes about the legality of the actions of the authorities against a citizen is a court.

"The law says to prosecute those who organized illegal border crossing, directed such actions, or promoted them with advice or actions. This will be done. As soon as their actions and actions of power institutions during today's events are assessed," Lutsenko 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.

Related: Mikheil Saakashvili’s brother to be deported from Ukraine, - Kiva

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.

Related: Saakashvili can enter Ukraine only with visa

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