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 All border breach participants should show up in police office, Saakashvili - in Migration Service, - Interior Minister Avakov

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Each participant of yesterday's breaching across the state border of Ukraine by former Odesa governor and ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili will be identified for attack upon police officers and punished under the law.

This was announced by Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

Avakov wrote he saw his task yesterday in preventing bloody clashes at the Ukrainian border with Poland, where former Odesa governor Saakashvili attempted entering Ukraine despite being deprived of his Ukrainian citizenship.

The minister said the provocation still had place, although being bloodless. He called the entire situation a "suicidal destruction of institutionality."

"It's a destruction of the foundations that we're building the country on, regardless of which political group is at power. If these foundations are ruined for any reason - then we're not a state but a mob just residing on it's territory... and it's only a matter of time when this would be used by a Russian chauvinist or a European nationalist," Avakov wrote.

"The attack on the foundation institutions of the state for the sake of immediate political interests is a crime and unaccountabiity!" the minister summed up and called on politicians to never allow it again.

Read more: Saakashvili met his supporters in Lviv. VIDEO

About 40 persons were illegally brought into the country in yesterday's border breach, including Saakashvili and some foreigners, and 16 border guards and law enforcers were provided medical aid due to the incident, the minister added. A criminal investigation under article of illegal transfer of persons through state border of Ukraine has bee initiated.

Avakov called on Saakashvili himself to either return to Shehyni and be allowed into the country under due procedures or arrive in a Migration Service office. All participants of the breach, including MPs, should show up in a police office to testify.

Saakashvili decided to enter Ukraine on Sept. 10 by train to avoid turmoil at Krakovets border crossing point. Intercity train from Przemysl to Kyiv was supposed to leave at 1:07 p.m. yesterday but was delayed for several hours. Some sources reported the train was delayed by law enforcers, but police soon disproved the reports. In its turn, Ukraine's major railway carrier Ukrzaliznytsia explained the delay in schedule by presence of a person on board who had no grounds to enter Ukraine.

Saakashvili subsequently arrived at Shehyni border crossing point where his supporters breached across the Ukrainian border and brought the politician and his delegation onto territory of Ukraine.

Read more: Saakashvili: "I am returning to Ukraine. I will arrive on Sept. 10"

On July 26, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree that deprived former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of Rukh Novykh Syl party, of his Ukrainian citizenship.

On Sept. 5, Deputy Justice Minister for European Integration Serhii Petukhov announced that the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine received a request from the Georgian Prosecutor General's Office to arrest and extradite former Georgian President, ex-head of the Odesa regional state administration Mikheil Saakashvili.
 
 
 
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