Ukrainian parliament trades punches

Lawmakers in Kiev moved beyond fiery rhetoric Tuesday when nationalist and separatist party members started fighting one another on the floor of the Ukrainian parliament.

As communist party leader Petro Symonenko spoke at the podium, he was seized by members of the right-wing Svoboda Party as he criticized nationalists' taking of public buildings in protests earlier this year. Symonenko linked that to pro-Russian supporters' seizure of property in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported.

Symonenko's party members joined the scuffle in his defense, and the situation quickly devolved into a brawl. No member was seriously injured but one deputy was reportedly seen with scratch marks when order returned.


Ukraine isn't the only country with lawmakers who have lost their cool. Here's a gallery of other lawmakers sparring:

Casey Capachi is a video and web producer for The Washington Post.



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