Central/Eastern Europe: Odessa Diary: rivkin_odessadiary09

OSYCHKY, ODESSA OBLAST, UKRAINE.  Mikhail Saakashvili, the former President of Georgia and current Governor of Odessa Oblast appointed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, meets and poses for photographs with locals at the Christmas bazaar on January 10, 2016.  Saakashvili is said to be Ukraine's most popular politician who many in Odessa have dubbed their {quote}last hope{quote}; during the five-day August War in 2008, Russian forces attempted to assassinate him but he survived and their remains deep enmity between him and the Kremlin.

OSYCHKY, ODESSA OBLAST, UKRAINE. Mikhail Saakashvili, the former President of Georgia and current Governor of Odessa Oblast appointed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, meets and poses for photographs with locals at the Christmas bazaar on January 10, 2016. Saakashvili is said to be Ukraine's most popular politician who many in Odessa have dubbed their "last hope"; during the five-day August War in 2008, Russian forces attempted to assassinate him but he survived and their remains deep enmity between him and the Kremlin.