>> Ukrainian police raided a protest camp early on Wednesday in a failed attempt to detain former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. The latest in a bizarre and bloody game of hide and seek that threatens to embarrass Kiev's pro-western leadership. Ukraine's prosecuted General Yuriy Lutsenko accuses Saakashvili of receiving financing from criminals who plan to overthrow the current government and who are allegedly linked to Ukraine's former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych who was ousted in 2014's Maidan protest.
But attempts to arrest Saakashvili have so far failed. Saakashvili said police had searched for him in the wrong tent, meaning he once again slipped through the state's fingers. Police had dragged Saakashvili from the roof of an apartment building in Kiev on Tuesday. But he was then freed from a police van by his supporters, before leading a march to parliament to call for Ukraine's President, Petro Poroshenko, to resign.
The two weren't always at loggerheads. Poroshenko invited Saakashvili to become a regional governor in 2014. But the pair quickly fell out, with Saakashvili accusing his one time patron of corruption. Poroshenko stripped Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship in July, leaving him stateless. Saakashvili then barged his way across Ukrainian borders three months ago but his campaign to unseat Poroshenko does not appear to have much support.
An October poll suggested only 1.7% of Ukrainian voters would support his party at an election. But the saga could be damaging to Ukraine's leadership which has been keen to present an image of stability to its foreign backers.