In Digest, Ukraine

U.S. will also train the region’s police.

RT.com, July 6, 2015

Mikhail Saakashvili, appointed 'governor' of Odessa, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette on July 6, 2015 (Facebook)

Mikhail Saakashvili, appointed ‘governor’ of Odessa, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Jeffrey Payette on July 6, 2015 (Facebook)

The U.S. government will pay the salaries to the staff of Georgia’s former President Mikhail Saakashvili, who is now serving as a new governor of Odessa Region, Ukraine, Saakashvili said, adding that California police will also train Odessa’s officers.

“Within the framework of Odessa’s anti-corruption pressure, the U.S. government agreed to provide funds for the salaries of the new team of [Mikhail] Saakashvili,” Saakashvili wrote on his Facebook page after the meeting with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine.

He added that American police officers from California “will train new Odessa police.”

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Odessa activists demand dismissal of appointed Georgian ‘governor’

Sputnik News, July 6, 2015

'Mikhail Saakashvili go home' say protesters on July 6, 2015 in Odessa (1-news.net.ua)

‘Mikhail Saakashvili go home’ say protesters on July 6, 2015 in Odessa (1-news.net.ua)

Local anti-Maidan activists rallied in Odessa demanding the resignation of Governor Mikheil Saakashvili, local 1News reported.

The protesters held banners reading “Saakashvili go home” and “Saakashvili is a war criminal”.

“Odessa should have a normal local governor who will protect the city’s interests, and not a crazy war criminal,” one of the rally’s organizers said.

The activists walked a goat sporting a red tie recalling the famous BBC video footage of Saakashvili chewing his tie in 2008.

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