PRZEMYSL, Poland (AP) — The Latest on former Georgia president and Ukraine governor Mikheil Saakashvili’s attempt to enter Ukraine (all times local):
After hours of waiting aboard a stalled train that he hoped would carry him into Ukraine, Mikheil Saakashvili has decided to dismount and try to cross the border by bus.
Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who later became governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, had his citizenship revoked in July. Picardo said he’s hopeful Spain will not use the Brexit negotiations as an opportunity to re-exert control over the territory. On Sunday, Saakashvili boarded a Lviv-bound train in the Polish city of Przemysl, but the train stayed in the station. An on-board announcement said it would not leave until a person without rights to enter Ukraine got off.
After several hours of delay, Saakashvili boarded a bus that aims to enter Ukraine at the Medyka crossing.
Passengers aboard the Ukraine-bound train stalled by the presence of Mikheil Saakashvili have been told they can travel on in special buses.
The train, headed for Lviv, was held in the station in Przemysl, Poland, on Sunday for hours after Saakashvili boarded. An announcer said the train would not depart while someone unqualified to enter Ukraine was aboard.
Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, had his citizenship revoked in July.
Saakashvili was president of Georgia in 2004-13, but rescinded his citizenship in order to become Odessa governor. He is now stateless.
He says the revocation of his Ukrainian citizenship by Saakashvili, the former governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, had his citizenship revoked in July.President Petro Poroshenko was illegal.
The train that Mikheil Saakashvili wants to ride into Ukraine despite the revocation of his citizenship is being held at a station in Poland.
Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who later became governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, is in a high-visibility campaign to regain the Ukrainian citizenship he was stripped of this summer.
He boarded the train in Przemysl that was to travel to the Ukrainian city of Lviv after abandoning a plan to cross the border by car.
But an announcement on the train’s public address system said it would be held in the station until “a person without the right to enter Ukrainian territory” left.
Saakashvili told journalists on the train that authorities were effectively holding hundreds of passengers hostage.
He said: “Can you imagine…