Saakashvili aims to topple Ukraine's 'oligarchy' after dramatic return

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The former Ukrainian president, Mikhail Saakashvili, has been barred from crossing into Poland by the Ukrainian authorities while trying to enter the country to regain Ukrainian citizenship, which was withdrawn from him by Ukrainian President Petro Porchenko.

"I am convinced that this is a case for law enforcement agencies and they have started to act accordingly".

"Poroshenko took all passengers of this train as hostages and is telling everyone that no-one will go anywhere", Saakashvili told reporters.

Supporters who had gathered on the Ukrainian side rushed forward to greet Saakashvili and the crowd proceeded toward the Ukrainian town of Shehyni on foot.

According to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, 16 border guards and police officers sustained bodily injuries during the incident. He eventually got off the train and took a bus to Medyka, where he successfully crossed the border. As Poroshenko has revoked that citizenship, Saakashvili is technically stateless, though he contends that the revocation is illegal because global law prohibits stripping the citizenship of a person who would then become stateless.

Has Krakovets, city-Ukrainian border by which it originally meant to enter Ukraine, several dozens of his supporters had gathered in the hope to welcome her arrival.

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On September 11, Saakashvili told reporters it was crime to have been stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship in the first place.

Saakashvili, 49, who served as Georgian president from 2008 to 2013, was granted Ukrainian citizenship in May 2015 and was appointed as the governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa region. It left him effectively stateless as Georgia has also withdrawn his citizenship. He stands accused of criminal abuse of power by the pro-Russian government in Georgia and was expelled from Ukraine after resigning from the governorship of Odessa and founding a pro-American, anti-Russian populist party.

Mr Saakashvili has denied the accusations, branding them a political witch hunt. "We will perform border checks once the train departs", she said. "Right now, it is important for us, as opposition leaders and European democratic powers, to unite and to stop the new corrupt-dictatorship establishment in Ukraine".

Mikheil Saakashvili and a small crowd of supporters shoved their way through a line of guards at the Ukrainian border Sunday, making good on the politician's vow to return to the land that had stripped him of citizenship. According to the State Border Guard Service, 12 National Police fighters and 10 border guards have sustained bodily harm.

But Saakashvili has been adamant about his return to rally political supporters, having announced his return to the country as far back as July.

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