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    Ukraine opposition leader vows to rally people from abroad

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    Opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was deported from Ukraine on Monday.

    WARSAW — Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili said Tuesday that he would continue rallying people against the nation’s authorities from abroad, following his deportation.

    At a news conference in Warsaw, Saakashvili described his detention in Kiev by armed, masked men and immediate ejection to neighboring Poland as a violation of international laws.

    He vowed to continue encouraging Ukrainians to stand up to authorities he considers ‘‘corrupt elites.’’

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    ‘‘We will have millions of people protesting in the streets of Ukraine,’’ Saakashvili said.

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    Saakashvili was deported to Poland because he entered Ukraine from there last year. Speaking in Ukrainian and English, he said he would find a way to return to Ukraine, insisting it is his country.

    Saakashvili and a small crowd of supporters shoved their way through a line of guards from Poland into Ukraine in September.

    ‘‘Warsaw-Kiev, Kiev-Warsaw, I have traveled that route many times and will do it again,’’ Saakashvili said, without offering specifics.

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