Georgian ex-president Saakashvili arrested in Ukraine dramatic rooftop scene


Saakashvili's associate Siverion Dangadze was detained in an attempt to leave Ukraine, and documents that law-enforcement officials seized from him prove that he received funding from Serhiy Kurchenko, a fugitive associate of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Lutsenko said. The Ukraine's Security Service issued a statement saying that Saakashvili was charged with "complicity with members of criminal organizations and concealing their activity by providing premises and by other means".

After Saakashvili's detention several hundred people gathered around the van carrying the politician and prevented it from moving before freeing the politician from inside.

A conflict between Russia-backed fighters and Ukrainian troops has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014, when pro-Russian forces declared parts of eastern Ukraine independent following Moscow's annexation of Crimea. The prosecutor general said earlier on Tuesday that they are drafting charges against him.

"We are going to parliament to demand the impeachment".

Saakashvili called on his supporters to go to Maidan and continue the "peaceful protest".

Now the crowd of Saakashvili's supporters is heading to the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, to demand passing a law on impeaching Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko.

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Footage showed Saakashvili with the yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flag around his neck marching in central Kiev, surrounded by crowds.

Multiple local news outlets reported that Saakashvili, also a former governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, was freed by hundreds of supporters who stopped the police van in which he was being taken away, staging a protracted standoff with the authorities.

Around 200 supporters of detained ex-Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili are blocking roads and erecting barricades in the heart of the Ukrainian capital.

His Ukrainian citizenship was revoked this year when he was out of the country, but he returned in September after supporters broke through a police line at the Polish border.

Ukrainian Security Service officers detain Mikheil Saakashvili at his house in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017.