In a brief interview following a rally in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, former Georgian president and ex-governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Mikheil Saakashvili, said oligarchic, corrupt classes are ruling Ukraine, and that is dragging down the country economically. Kiev needs a new political class to turn the country around, Saakashvili said.
Saakashvili is currently touring Ukraine despite being a stateless man. His ally-turned-foe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, recently revoked Saakashvili’s citizenship while the former Georgian president was outside the country. Nonetheless, Saakashvili barged across the Polish-Ukrainian border last weekend, aided by a mob of supporters. Saakashvili is due in court on Monday to face a charge of entering Ukraine illegally, and he is battling to regain his citizenship. In the interim, he is traveling around Ukraine, crusading against corruption and Poroshenko and attempting to unite the Ukrainian opposition.
When asked about his citizenship battle, Saakashvili said he would fight to the end.
“In any case, I will fight to the end. See, nobody expected me to be here. I’m here,” Saakashvili said.