Georgia's ex-President Saakashvili threatens to jump off roof in Kiev

Georgian former President Mikheil Saakashvili is detained by officers of the Security Service of Ukraine conducting a search of his apartment in Kiev

Georgian former President Mikheil Saakashvili is detained by officers of the Security Service of Ukraine conducting a search of his apartment in Kiev

But his supporters prevented the van holding Saakashvili from leaving, forming a barricade with tyres, wood and stones and chanting "Kiev, rise up!" as police fired tear gas.

"The current Ukrainian authorities, born by Maidan (protests named after the square they took place), who suspect Mikhail Saakashvili of attempting to stage a coup d'etat, have whipped themselves with a birch", said Klintsevich, first deputy chairman of the Federation Council's Committee for Defense and Security.

Ukraine detained former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday on suspicion of assisting a criminal organisation, the SBU state security service said, an offence that could land him in prison for up to five years. He later escaped with help from supporters and led them on a march toward parliament, where they planned to call for President Petro Poroshenko to resign. "Mr. Saakashvili will be charged under Article 256, without Article 110, which enables us - and we intend to do so tomorrow - to seek his round-the-clock house arrest with an electronic bracelet", Lutsenko said.

Speaking earlier from the roof, he accused Poroshenko of a being a thief and "a traitor to the people of Ukraine". "I want to call on all citizens of Kiev to take to streets today and start the process to rid Ukraine of Poroshenko and his gang".

Saakashvili, who was a regional governor in Ukraine, fell out with Poroshenko over accusations that Kiev was failing to make good on the fight against corruption and was stripped of his Ukrainian passport.

"Time will show where this leads to, we pray it will stay peaceful!" "That's a security issue at the end of the day", the former Swedish prime minister said via Twitter. He acquired Ukrainian citizenship in May 2015 and was appointed governor of Odessa.

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 49-year-old is now wanted on criminal charges in Georgia, which he says were trumped up for political reasons.

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