Saakashvili returns to Ukraine

  • 19:18 29 May 2019

Saakashvili returns to Ukraine

Former Georgian President and ex-governor of Odesa Oblast Mikheil Saakashvili arrived in Kyiv Boryspil airport on May 29, in three days after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy restored his Ukrainian citizenship, ONA reports citing Kyiv Post.

Saakashvili, who has studied in Kyiv and supported Ukraine’s pro-Western revolutions in 2004 and 2014, was granted Ukrainian citizenship from former President Petro Poroshenko in 2015. But he lost it two years later after he started sharply criticizing Poroshenko and his allies for corruption.

On May 26, Zelenskiy, who is just in his second week in the office, restored his citizenship, for which Saakashvili thanked him and promised to help the new president “to unleash (Ukraine’s) huge potential."