PRZEMYSL, Poland – The Latest on former Georgia president and Ukraine governor Mikheil Saakashvili’s attempt to enter Ukraine (all times local):
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 what kind of idiots we’re dealing with?”
Mikheil Saakashvili’s strategy for returning to Ukraine despite the revocation of his citizenship has changed.
Instead of trying to cross the border by car, the stateless ex-officeholder boarded a train that runs from the Polish city of Przemysl into the Ukrainian city of Lviv.
Formerly president of Georgia and later governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region,…