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Fistfight Breaks Out In Ukraine Parliament

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer
April 8, 2014 at 9:17 am



Tempers flared in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday, and whoever started this legislative fistfight must have been pretty damn careful to pick on someone who isn’t Vitali Klitschko, leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform Party and former heavyweight champion of the world.

Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session of Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Vladimir Strumkovsky)

Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session of Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Vladimir Strumkovsky)

Here’s the full story, via Reuters, click through for more:

Deputies in the Ukrainian parliament brawled in the chamber on Tuesday after a communist leader accused nationalists of playing into the hands of Russia by adopting extreme tactics early in the Ukrainian crisis.

Two deputies from the Svoboda far-right nationalist party took exception to the charges by communist Petro Symonenko and seized him while he was talking from the rostrum.

His party supporters rallied to his defense and a brawl broke out with deputies from other parties joining in and trading punches.

Symonenko stirred nationalist anger when, referring to pro-Russian protesters who seized buildings in eastern Ukraine, he said nationalists had set a precedent earlier this year by seizing public buildings in protest at the rule of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich.

Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda ( Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session of Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Vladimir Strumkovsky)

Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda ( Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session of Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Vladimir Strumkovsky)

The raw video of the action is pretty wild:

 

This is the second Ukrainian parliament brawl in a year — this took place in March 2013, well before any Putin-related actions in Crimea.

It’s pretty heated in Ukraine right now, but parliamentary brawls are fairly commonplace all over the world: In South Korea they like to fight; in Venezuela they like to fight; in Taiwan they like to fight. Parliamentary fights are what make this world great, and terrible, and great again.

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