Saakashvili Enters Ukraine the Hard Way

Former Georgian leader Saakashvili breaks border blockade to enter Ukraine

However, Saakashvili said in August that he is going to come back to Ukraine from Poland on September 10, 2017.

Poroshenko granted Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship in May 2015, when appointing him as the Governor of Odessa.

Mr Poroshenko vowed to punish those responsible for Mr Saakashvili's breach of the border, while observers said they feared the ugly political spat would hit Ukraine's worldwide image.

Saakashvili said his supporters "carried" him across the border, the BBC reported.

He was president at the time of a five-day war with Russian Federation in 2008, a conflict his critics argued was the result of his own miscalculations.

Mikheil Saakashvili said on Monday he was not seeking the presidency for himself, but wanted to see Poroshenko ousted at the next election in 2019. As Poroshenko has revoked that citizenship, Saakashvili is technically stateless, though he contends that the revocation is illegal because worldwide law prohibits stripping the citizenship of a person who would then become stateless.

Poroshenko trails in the polls behind Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and leader of one of Ukraine's largest opposition parties.

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Their relationship dates back almost three decades to when they were students at the same university in Kiev and their shared opposition to the Russian government brought them together as politicians.

Speaking to reporters in Rzeszow, the 49-year-old Saakashvili said that Poroshenko's actions, "the way how he mobilized the whole of the state apparatus" against him, "means that he feels some existential threat" from the former Georgian president.

On July 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko revoked Saakashvili's Ukrainian citizenship over the later's allegedly submitting false information while applying for a passport.

"We believe in the fact that Mikheil Saakashvili can lead our country out of the crisis", supporter Lyudmyla Goretska told France24.

Video footage showing chaotic scenes of Mr Saakashvili's supporters overpowering border guards went viral, with pro-Western lawmaker Svitlana Zalishchuk labelling it a "circus".

"Instead, a crime was committed", he said of Sunday's events at the border.

The breakthrough across Ukraine's border occurred when Saakashvili and people traveling with him, including his wife, son, and several Ukrainian MPs, were stranded in the neutral zone between Ukraine and Poland.

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