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Ukrainian Politics: The Greatest Hits

A brawl in Kyiv's parliament on October 6 was just the latest case of Ukraine's politicians opting to bust heads rather than filibuster. A dip into the archives reveals 14 of the (many, many) times when dialogue broke down and fists, eggs, and smoke bombs flew.
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A scuffle breaks out in the Ukrainian parliament on October 6, 2017. The melee erupted over a law regarding Ukraine's state sovereignty in separatist-held territory in the east of the country.
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A scuffle breaks out in the Ukrainian parliament on October 6, 2017. The melee erupted over a law regarding Ukraine's state sovereignty in separatist-held territory in the east of the country.

Communist politician Adam Martynyuk (right) holds Oleh Lyashko in a leftist death-grip in May 2011. 
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Communist politician Adam Martynyuk (right) holds Oleh Lyashko in a leftist death-grip in May 2011. 

One year later, Lyashko took hot, sweet revenge when he doused Adam Martynyuk with tea. There's no word on the fate of that laptop. 
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One year later, Lyashko took hot, sweet revenge when he doused Adam Martynyuk with tea. There's no word on the fate of that laptop. 

Punches, a headlock, and a weaponized water bottle during a brawl in Kyiv's parliament in April 2010. The fighting erupted over Ukraine's decision to extend Russia's lease of a naval base in Crimea. 
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Punches, a headlock, and a weaponized water bottle during a brawl in Kyiv's parliament in April 2010. The fighting erupted over Ukraine's decision to extend Russia's lease of a naval base in Crimea. 

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