Saakashvili due to return to Ukraine

Saakashvili due to return to Ukraine

Mikheil Saakashvili is due to return to Ukraine, arriving amid a political transition a day after new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reinstated the former Georgian leader's citizenship in a country he says he considers his homeland, RFE/RL reports.

Saakashvili, the reformist former Georgian president who had a short second career as governor of Ukraine's Odesa region before he was fired and stripped of his citizenship, was expected to arrive at Kyiv's Boryspil airport in the early evening of May 29 on a flight from Poland.

In a Skype interview with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service on May 28, Saakashvili hinted that he wanted to play a substantial role in public life but did not specify what it might be. He said he considered both Georgia and Ukraine to be his homeland.

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