Ukraine: Saakashvili vows to challenge denationalization as illegal border crossing trial begins

Former Georgian President and former Mayor of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili attended a hearing at the Mostitsky court in Lviv, Monday, where he faces accusations of illegally crossing the Ukrainian border. Police separated a large score of pro and anti-Saakashvili activists gathered in front of the court building; no casualties have been reported. Speaking to the journalists, Saakashvili claimed... Еще that the deprivation of his Ukrainian nationality was illegal as it was forbidden in Hague Convention and Ukrainian Constitution. «I am going to the country [Ukraine], which I consider as my homeland, where I have lived 13 years and participated in three Ukrainian revolutions,» Saakashvili told the press. On July 26, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko deprived Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship. Together with his supporters, former Georgian leader succeeded to break through border control and enter Ukraine. Reportedly, some 22 border control officer was injured in the result of the Mostitsky breakthrough. The next hearing is set to take place on September 22.
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