"I crossed the Polish border with a valid Ukrainian passport, the Poles stamped it. I came to the Ukrainians, gave my passport so that they either refuse or accept it. They said: ‘We will not take your passport.’ Then I say: ‘Take my application for protection.’ They wouldn’t accept it, either," Saakashvili said at a briefing.

At the same time, he added that his stay in Ukraine was legal.

Read alsoPoroshenko says Saakashvili’s illegal entry "crime", "punishment" must follow"When people brought me to Ukraine on their hands, I left my passport on the bus. The police came, searched the bus, and stole my passport. I have no idea where it is now. This morning my lawyer brought to the migration service of Ukraine my application for protection from the Ukrainian state. That is, I am now legally staying in Ukraine," Saakashvili claimed.