Saakashvili and son heading to Ukraine from Poland
Mikheil Saakashvili, accompanied by his 11-year old son, are heading to Ukraine. The former Georgian president and governor of the Odessa region announced his decision on his FB account.
In Ukraine, Saakashvili plans to win back his citizenship in court.
O n 26 July 2017 Saakashvili was denied citizenship by President Poroshenko, who had initially granted it to him in 2015. According to the state migration service, the reason for the refusal was due to wrong personal data provided by Saakashvili while applying for citizenship.
Saakashvili believes it is an attempt to isolate him from Ukrainian politics.
On 17 August, Saakashvili made it known that he intends to enter Ukraine from Poland through the Lvov region. “Even if one considers President Poroshenko’s order legal, the authorities have no right to deny me entrance,” Saakashvili said. “Even if I have no citizenship, I live in Ukraine on a permanent basis,” Saakashvili stated on numerous occasions.
Recently the Georgian attorney general’s office filed a formal request with Ukraine to detain and extradite Mikheil Saakashvili. In Georgia, he is facing charges of embezzlement, abuse of power and seizure of another person’s property.
M ikheil Saakashvili’s planned comeback has caused a massive response, with many mocking the Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.