Saakashvili may be expelled to Poland

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He confirmed the deportation of the former Georgian president-turned-Ukrainian opposition leader, citing rulings by Ukrainian courts that said Saakashvili was staying in the country illegally.

Supporters of Saakashvili posted videos of what they said was his detention in Kiev, showing men dressed in camouflage storming a restaurant.

Saakashvili was granted Ukrainian citizenship in 2015 by President Petro Poroshenko, who made him governor of Ukraine's Odessa region.

Liza Bogutskaya, an ally of Saakashvili, said on Facebook Monday that he was being driven to the Kyiv airport by authorities and that his supporters would rally to block the airport.

Last year, Saakashvili was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship while he was in the United States. Saakashvili heads Ukraine's Movement of New Forces.

Saakashvili told the Guardian during an interview in Kiev earlier this month that Ukraine had "begged" Warsaw to take him.

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"Mikhail Saakashvili has been received on Poland's territory", the statement reads. He has since criticized Poroshenko for failing to stem corruption. "On September 22, 2017, the Lviv region's Mostyska Court found Saakashvili guilty of crossing the Ukrainian border illegally. Given that Mikhail Saakashvili is the husband of an European Union member state citizen, Ukraine's request has been granted", the Polish border service added.

The former Georgian president was unceremoniously hustled out of the country yesterday after weeks of goading the government.

The heavy-handed actions of Mr Poroshenko and his allies appear to have boosted his standing, however, as Ukrainians become increasingly frustrated with the broken promises of leaders who took power after a 2014 revolution against corruption and Russian influence.

He returned to Ukraine via Poland in September, pledging to confront Poroshenko. Saakashvili called the charges absurd and politically motivated.

Saakashvili during a press conference in Warsaw on 13 February.

"I am with you and I will fight to the end".

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