23:23 13.09.2017

Saakashvili announces arrival in Kyiv on Sept 19

Saakashvili announces arrival in Kyiv on Sept 19

Leader of the New Forces Movement political party in Ukraine, ex-governor of Ukraine's Odesa region and ex-President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili has announced his arrival in Kyiv on Tuesday, September 19.

"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!" he said in the western city of Chernivtsi on Wednesday.

Saakashvili was stripped of Ukrainian citizenship when he was abroad. Saakashvili arrived in Ukraine on September 10. His supporters gathered at the Shehyni checkpoint and began a fight with border guards in the transit zone, helping Saakashvili and a group of other people, including five parliamentarians, illegally cross the border. Thirteen Ukrainian National Police officers and nine border guards were injured in the incident.

Lviv region's police opened a criminal case in keeping with Article 332 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("illegal transfer of persons across the Ukrainian state border") on the fact of a border breakthrough. Other criminal proceedings were launched under Part 2 of Article 342 (resistance to law-enforcement officers who are on duty).

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