Ukraine is Investigating Mikheil Saakashvili for Illegal Entry Into the Country

The ex-Georgian president Saakashvili forced the Ukraine to participate in the elections

The return of the divisive and headstrong Saakashvili, who became governor of Ukraine's Odessa region after being Georgian president from 2004 to 2013, poses a strong challenge to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who once was Saakashvili's patron.

Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to stay in Ukraine to try to oust its "oligarchic" political elite, a day after forcing his way back into the country in what its president called a criminal act that must be punished. In this regard, Poroshenko gave him a present by revoking his Ukrainian citizenship and by this promoting him to a victim of the "regime".

"Saakashvili's return to Ukrainian politics was triumphant albeit scandalous", Mr Vadym Karasyov, director of the Kiev-based Institute of Global Strategies, said. But while perhaps not a threat as a direct rival, Saakashvili could prove to be an effective weapon against Poroshenko for powerful opposition figures like Yulia Tymoshenko, who was with him at the border on Sunday.

"I want to thank everyone, all our heroes, all those people, all the veterans, all the lawmakers who have helped us", Saakashvili said after crossing. "Instead of this, a crime has been committed, because there is a constitutional principle of inviolability of borders", Poroshenko said. Several border guards were injured in the incident, Ukrainian media reports. "A forceful breach of the Ukrainian border is a crime and those who were involved in the organization of this breach should be held responsible", Groysman wrote on Facebook.

"This is a question of the national security of the state". The statement reads that the violators face from 5 to 8 years in prison.

The Ukrainian president added that he would respect any court ruling for Saakashvili.

Saakashvili attempted to enter Ukraine from Poland, where he used his Ukrainian passport to travel by train and bus into the country.

Last week Georgia's Prosecutor General's Office has sent the third request to the Ukrainian Justice Ministry and the Prosecutor's Office, asking them to detain and extradite ex-president to Georgia, when he entered Ukraine.

"We didn't want this country when we stayed on Maidan", he told reporters.

"I believe that our border guards... did the right thing by not using weapons that they had full legal right to use, they prevented a fire from being blown up, a conflict inside the country, which these politicians were trying to achieve", Poroshenko said in a speech broadcast live on a Ukrainian TV channel.

He is also wanted in Georgia on criminal charges, which he claims are politically motivated.



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