Former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili makes point at Ukrainian border

The ex-Georgian president Saakashvili forced the Ukraine to participate in the elections

France24 reports that Saakashvili began his train ride into Ukraine Sunday flanked by a number of supporters and controversial political allies, including the anti-Russian former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko.

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili and hundreds of his supporters forced their way into Ukraine on Sunday in a bid by the firebrand politician to reclaim his citizenship stripped by President Petro Poroshenko after they fell out.

Saakashvili crossed the Polish-Ukrainian border on September 10, with the help of his Ukrainian supporters, as he was denied to enter the country due to his allegedly invalid documents.

Saakashvili has accused the Ukrainian authorities of using pressure tactics to deter him from returning to Kiev, where he has launched a campaign to unseat Poroshenko.

In Georgia between 2004 and 2013, he was credited with pushing through pro-Western and anti-graft reforms. The woman in charge of the Ukrainian train said she had been ordered by the authorities - she declined to specify whether Polish or Ukrainian - to stop the train leaving until Saakashvili got off.

"It does not matter who violates the state border - invaders in the East or politicians in the West". The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said 17 police and border guards were injured in the confrontation.

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It was revoked in July by the Ukrainian president, reportedly on the grounds that Saakashvili failed to mention there was a criminal case against him in Georgia.

"Poroshenko took all passengers of this train as hostages and is telling everyone that no-one will go anywhere", Saakashvili told reporters. "When people brought me to Ukraine on their hands, I left my passport on the bus".

"This is a question of the national security of the state".

But Saakashvili, surrounded by a crowd of supporters, broke through the line before proceeding toward the small town of Shehyni on foot amid shouts of "victory" and "glory to Ukraine". He is wanted in Georgia on charges related to his political career there, and Tbilisi has asked the Kyiv government to extradite him, but it is not clear whether the request will be honored.

At the Medyka border, supporters expressed hope that Saakashvili could deliver some of the same types of reforms in Ukraine.

He said Saakashvili should have contested the decree stripping him of citizenship in court if he disagreed with it.

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