Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili appointed a new governor of Ukraine's Odessa region sings the Ukrainian anthem at three o'clock in the morning surrounded by schoolchildren. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, newly appointed to be governor of Ukraine's southern Odessa region, posted on Sunday (May 31) a video on his Facebook page of him singing Ukraine's national anthem surrounded by schoolchildren. Text with the video read: 'I accidentally turned up at a graduation party of Odessa's 7th gymnasium, where at three o'clock in the morning school graduates and I sang Ukraine's anthem without preparation.' President Petro Poroshenko made the announcement of Saakashvili's appointment at a ceremony in Odessa on Saturday (May 30), where he described him as "a great friend of Ukraine". He granted Saakashvili Ukrainian citizenship to facilitate the move. Saakashvili replaced Ihor Palytsia, a businessman who was appointed governor in May last year after more than 40 people, most of them pro-Russian sympathizers, died in a fire in the port city during a confrontation with pro-Western demonstrators. Saakashvili faces criminal charges in Georgia, brought forward by the prosecutor's office in 2014, for exceeding his authority while in office and other charges that relate to the use of force to break up a protest in the capital Tbilisi in November 2007 and to a raid on a television station. Saakashvili left the South Caucasus country of 4.5 million after his second presidency ended in November, 2013. Government opposition in Georgia claim charges against the former president are a political witch-hunt by the ex-Soviet republic's new leaders.