Kyiv: The US embassy in Ukraine issued a statement calling on Mikheil Saakashvili's associates and law enforcement agencies to defuse tension and avoid violence.
"We know that Mr. Saakashvili was detained, and protests continue in the center of Kiev. We call on the parties to defuse tension and avoid violence. We closely monitor the situation and expect that the investigation will be carried out promptly and in accordance with the legislation of Ukraine, "the embassy said in a statement.
The former head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili was released from the car of law enforcers. Now he and his supporters are moving towards the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
This morning, December 5, the Security Service officers began searches in the apartment of the former head of the Odessa Regional State Administration Saakashvili. It is noted that now Saakashvili was detained and handed a suspicion. Activists and supporters of the former head of Odessa Regional Administration blocked the car with Saakashvili and did not allow law enforcement officers to deliver him to law enforcement agencies.
The Security Service of Ukraine confirmed the detention of the former chairman of the Odessa Government Mikheil Saakashvili, noting that he was detained in the criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Article 256 of the UCU (Assistance to participants of criminal organizations and concealment of their criminal activities).
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that the protests of the former head of the Odessa Government Mikheil Saakashvili were financed by the criminal group Yanukovych-Kurchenko, and the purpose of these actions was the seizure of state power in Ukraine and the revenge of the pro-Kremlin forces.