Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to Poland

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili has vowed to return to Ukraine to oust an elite that he says is robbing and destroying the nation, a day after he was seized in a Kiev restaurant and deported to Poland.

Saakashvili, Georgia's president from 2004-13, came to Ukraine after his presidency ended as an ally of Poroshenko, who appointed him governor of the southern Odessa region.

The 49-year-old, who stands accused of trying to stage a coup sponsored by Russian Federation, was stripped of his Ukrainian passport in 2017.

The Ukrainian government refrained from arresting Saakashvili to avoid turning the former Georgian politician into a cause celebre, and to avoid worldwide condemnation for holding a political prisoner.

Ukraine's border patrol service did not confirm that they had made the arrest, but told the press that they might issue a statement at a later stage.

He was permitted into as the spouse of a European Union citizen, the Polish guards said. "We will of necessity defeat them", he said.

Upon his arrival in, said his deportation showed Poroshenko's weakness.

He added he thinks Ukrainian prosecutors have no evidence against him.

An eyewitness caught this video of Saakashvili's detention, according to an update on the ex-president's Facebook page.

However, their relationship deteriorated, culminating in Saakashvili's resignation from the position in 2016 in a protest against what he said was high-level corruption. He had previously been deprived of his Georgian citizenship.

Saakashvili was a key figure in the 2003 Rose Revolution protests in Georgia that ousted the country's president.

He also slammed the Georgian and the Ukrainian governments, calling President Petro Poroshenko and former Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili "oligarchs" and "liars".

During the television survey conducted by the Ukrainian TV channel, the majority of the audience voted that Poland is the main threat to Ukraine.

Vanessa Coleman

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