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Ukraine Politicians Start Violent Fight In Parliament (VIDEO)


First Posted: 12/17/10 10:13 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:20 PM ET

Four Ukrainian politicians had to be taken to the hospital after a violent fistfight erupted in a parliament chamber Thursday night, the Financial Times is reporting.

Though physical skirmishes are nothing new in Ukrainian politics, officials say the incident appeared more violent than usual and is indicative of escalating tensions between Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovich's party and opposition MPs who support his rival Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister and presidential candidate narrowly defeated by Yanukovich earlier this year.

Though it is unlikely any MPs will face charges, as they are protected by parliamentary immunity, the injuries caused were severe, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. One lawmaker in Tymoshenko's camp was said to have suffered a broken hand after rival MPs beat him with a chair, while another was bleeding profusely after being beaten. Others reportedly had concussions.

Watch video of the brawl via the Guardian below:







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