The former president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili expressed gratitude in a letter to President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.
Saakashvili, who is a Ukrainian citizen, was detained in Georgia after returning from Ukraine on October 1. Following his arrest, Ukrainian President Zelensky said that the Ukrainian government and embassy in Georgia would all be involved in dealing with his case. The Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also said that the ministry would support Saakashvili since he is a citizen of Ukraine.
In his letter addressing the Ukrainian president, Saakashvili wrote:
"I am deeply touched by your statement which is a response of the first-rate political leader to my illegal detention and imprisonment in Georgia based on the falsified charges that no one recognizes in the world, except Russia.
Georgia is the love of my life, but I adore Ukraine as well - my second homeland, where I have spent many years of my life, where I have family and friends, and I highly value being a citizen of Ukraine.
All my life I will be proud of having the opportunity to modestly contribute to the current historical changes and reforms in Ukraine with your leadership. Since, in fact, I am a personal prisoner of Putin, I highly appreciate your fundamental stance to protect Ukraine, the entire region, and all prisoners of the empire.
Sincerely, Mikhail Saakashvili."