UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Former Georgian president and Ukrainian opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili has been deported from Ukraine.
Saakashvili lost his Georgian citizenship when he became governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region.
However, he resigned in 2016 amid a falling-out with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, his former ally, who revoked his citizenship last year, leaving him stateless.
But Saakashvili returned to Ukraine via Poland in September of last year, vowing to fight for his citizenship and challenge Poroshenko.
However, on Feb. 12, Saakashvili’s Facebook page said the politician had been kidnapped and posted a video showing armed men dressed in camouflage apprehending a man in a restaurant.
Ukraine’s border service later confirmed they had deported Saakashvili to Poland, saying he was in the country illegally.
Poland’s border police have confirmed this.
Later in the day, Saakashvili urged his supporters to react calmly, saying the move showed Poroshenko’s weakness.