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The Ukrainian Poland Border Looks More like a War Zone Than a Border between Friendly Nations

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The Latest on former Georgia president and Ukraine governor Mikheil Saakashvili's attempt to enter Ukraine (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

Mikheil Saakashvili and a crowd of supporters are proceeding into Ukraine on foot after breaking through a line of guards on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

Saakashvili, a former Georgian president who later became governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, was stripped of his citizenship in July by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Saakashvili has called that move illegal and has vowed to return to contest it, although Ukraine said it would deny him entry.

He and a small group of supporters on Sunday pushed their way through a line of guards at the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing. The move came about eight hours after Saakashvili set off from Poland on a trip that included an attempt to get into Ukraine by train, but the train would not leave with him on it.

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8:15 p.m.

A crowd of Mikheil Saakashvili supporters have broken through a line of Ukrainian guards who were blocking him from approaching a Ukrainian checkpoint at Shehyni.

Saakashvili, formerly governor of Ukraine's Odessa region and previously the president of Georgia, was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship this summer, but has vowed to return to contest the move's legality.

Saakashvili had been blocked Sunday by arm-in-arm guards at a crossing on the Poland-Ukaine border. After the crowd broke through, Saakashvili went toward the checkpoint, but it was not clear if he would be allowed through.

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7 p.m.

Mihkeil Saakashvili has been allowed to pass through a Polish checkpoint on the border with Ukraine, but a line of border guards standing arm-in-arm are blocking his approach to the Ukrainian checkpoint.

Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and later governor of Ukraine's Odessa region, was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship in July and is now stateless. He was aiming Sunday to return to Ukraine to challenge the revocation of his citizenship, but Ukraine has said his entry will be blocked.

He tried to travel to the Ukrainian city of Lviv on a train, but it was held in a Polish city until he got off. He then traveled by bus to the Medyka-Shehyni border crossing.

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5 p.m.

After hours of waiting aboard a stalled train that he hoped would carry him into Ukraine, Mikheil Saakashvili has decided to dismount and try to cross the border by bus.

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