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Ukrainian Lawmakers Just Won’t Stop Fighting Each Other

Ukraine’s parliament members are getting physical over a Russian language bill. Drinks are thrown! Fists are swung!

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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.

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Opposition lawmaker Mykola Petruk after the fighting.

8. June 5

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Lawmakers surround the tribune.

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10. July 3

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Fighting breaks out again the day the bill is voted on.

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Deputies block the podium during the vote.

12. July 30

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Deputy Oleg Lyashko throws tea at vice-speaker Adam Martynyuk.

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