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Saakashvili Vows to March on Ukrainian Capital

‘Kyiv needs to be saved,’ says the firebrand without a country.

14 September 2017

Mikheil Saakashvili, promising to solve the “political crisis” in Ukraine, says he will travel to the capital on 19 September, little more than a week after supporters hustled him past border guards to enter the country without documents.

 

"I returned to Ukraine, together with you, to resolve the main issue: how to get out of the political crisis that currently exists in the country," the former Georgian president and Odessa region governor told a rally in the western city of Chernivtsi yesterday, RFE/RL reports.

 

"I'll visit several more cities, then we'll go to Kyiv. [September] 19th is, as I was told during my trip, the day of Michael the Archangel, Kyiv's patron saint – I did not know that. Kyiv urgently needs to be saved!" Interfax-Ukraine quotes him as saying.

 

Mikheil Saakashvili
Saakashvili (pictured) has had no valid travel documents since Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko annulled his citizenship in July for unexplained reasons, as he was traveling abroad. Saakashvili resigned his gubernatorial post last year, accusing Poroshenko of leading a corrupt regime.

 

As Foreign Policy notes, he continues to insist that Poroshenko’s action breached international law by rendering him stateless and demands his case be heard in a Ukrainian court.

 

Georgia has an outstanding request for his extradition to face charges relating to his presidency, but Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, said his wish for a Ukrainian legal settlement could well be granted.

 

"I think procedures are there to go [to] court in Ukraine. If he is not satisfied by the result, by the outcome, then he can get to the European court on human rights and deal with the issue there," Klympush-Tsintsadze said, according to Foreign Policy.

 

 

  • Police in Lviv are investigating the border incident under laws on the illegal transfer of persons across the state border and resistance to law-enforcement officers in the line of duty. Five members of parliament were in the group that helped Saakashvili cross the border with Poland, Interfax-Ukraine says.

 

  • Saakashvili posted a video in which Washington’s special envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says he should have his day in court. “Ukraine is a country with a rule of law,” Volker says. “I hope people de-escalate the political drama and focus on it as a legal matter.”

 

  • Georgia’s request for Saakashvili’s extradition remains in force, government minister Sozar Subari said yesterday, according to the Kyiv Post.
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