Border guards were ordered not to use weapons and force at Shehyni crossing point yesterday, - Slobodian


Ukrainian border guards did not employ weapons during yesterday's events at Shehyni, where former Georgian President and Odesa governor Mikheil Saakashvili crossed Ukraine's border, because they had been ordered not to use force against a "peaceful event."

This was announced by aide to the head of Ukraine's State Border Service Oleh Slobodian on Facebook, Censor.NET reports.

"Journalists are asking why didn't border guards use weapons? Here's my answer: the border guards were ordered not to use weapons and force means because it was a "peaceful event"," he wrote.

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As reported, 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.

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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.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n454756