World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Normally the one to throw the punches, Klitschko stood back and watched as the mass brawl broke out between members of several parties in ugly scenes
World heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko gets a ringside seat as Ukraine’s politicians go nine rounds with each other inside parliament.
Normally the one to throw the punches, Klitschko stood back and watched as the mass brawl broke out between members of several parties in ugly scenes.
In May this year a fight broke out over a bill to allow Russian to be spoken in courts and institutions.
Deputies of the opposition fight with deputies of majority party during the opening of the newly elected Ukrainian parliament in Kiev Opposition MPs, who wanted the country to step out of Moscow’s shadow, brawled in Kiev with rivals from President Viktor Yanukovych’s party, whose powerbase is in the Russian-speaking east.
Opposition member Mykola Petruk was hit to the head and taken to hospital with blood streaming down his face.
In 2010, a fierce fight saw six MPs end up in hospital.
During the brawl, the speaker hid behind an umbrella as eggs were thrown at him over a naval pact with Russia.
Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Volodymyr Litvin (Bottom) looks on as deputies of the Ukrainian opposition fight with deputies of the pro-presidential majority during a session of parliament in Kiev
Ukraine is deeply divided into the Russian-speaking east and south, which favours close ties with Moscow, and the Ukrainian-speaking west, which wants Ukraine to join the Western club.
The opposition have demanded an investigation into yesterday’s scuffle.