Parliament Punch: Fight erupts between Ukrainian MPs

Dozens of Ukrainian MPs from the two major parties got into a fist fight in the parliament, the Verkhovna Rada. The brawl began with yelling over the language used in the chamber and ‘fascist’ accusations from both sides.

The session was opened by the head of the ruling Party of Regions, Aleksandr Efremov, speaking in Russian, a language his opponents manifest that they strongly dislike. Ukrainian Liberty Party members made sure nobody could hear the speech by chanting “Speak Ukrainian!” out loud and drumming with their hands against the desks.

The chanting took place for all six minutes of Efremov’s speech, during which he called the speech-spoilers “the chanting neo-fascists.”



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