Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn (right) watches as deputies lunge at each other on May 24. The Ukrainian parliament today announced that a controversial Russian language bill has been signed and sent to the president. The proposed law would keep Ukrainian as the country’s only official language, but upgrade Russian to a “regional language” for use in certain public institutions. Many argue the law would violate the Constitution and harm national identity. Lawmakers have spent months fighting over the law. Literally.
2. May 24
Opposition lawmaker Mykola Petruk after the fighting.
8. June 5
Lawmakers surround the tribune.
10. July 3
Fighting breaks out again the day the bill is voted on.
Deputies block the podium during the vote.
12. July 30
Deputy Oleg Lyashko throws tea at vice-speaker Adam Martynyuk.