Ukraine president denies hampering anti-corruption efforts


The search of Saakashvili's home was conducted two days after his Movement of New Forces party organized a rally in Kyiv calling for Poroshenko's impeachment and for legislation that would allow it to take place. The president, his former patron, rescinded his Ukrainian citizenship in July while he was out of the country.

"Ukraine needs to ensure the independence of the NABU in such a way that politicians can not influence the NABU's work".

Action by Ukraine's parliament and prosecutors against existing anti-corruption bodies such as the NABU investigative bureau provoked a wave of criticism this week from reformers and Kiev's foreign backers including the International Monetary Fund.

Saakashvili resigned as mayor of Odessa after declaring he could not remain in the position due to corruption that President Poroshenko was sponsoring and enabling.

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Poroshenko's faction is the largest in parliament and the president also nominates the general prosecutor.

Poroshenko's visit to Lithuania comes at a time of increased tensions in Ukraine after law-enforcement authorities tried to arrest former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on charges of financial crimes, but he was freed by his supporters.

"Mikheil Saakashvili won yesterday, and he won not when the Ukrainian people released him from the police minivan, but when he was arrested". "Their plan is to break the independence of anti-corruption bodies and replace them with fake ones". Saakashvili denies the allegations against him.

Yuriy Lutsenko, Ukraine's prosecutor general, said in a Facebook post that Mr. Saakashvili, the standard-bearer of a vociferous campaign to remove the president of Ukraine, Petro O. Poroshenko, had been seized late Friday by police officers in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, and placed in a pretrial detention center.