Members of the Parliament fought in the Verkhovna Rada


Ukrainian politics

Communists and “regionals” received blows right in the session hall

Kyiv, July 22nd (New Region, Anna Sergeyeva) – On Tuesday, a fight broke out during the morning session of the Verkhovna Rada. As “New Region” correspondent reports, after the Parliament voted on the third wave of mobilization, member of Party of Regions Mykola Levchenko started accusing the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and soldiers “of spilling innocent blood of Donbas civilians.”

Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov reacted brusquely by turning Levchenko’s microphone off.

“I will not allow supporters of the Fifth column and Putin’s regime to engage in provocations here,” Turchynov raised his voice.

Levchenko was indignant at the fact that the speaker turned off his microphone at his seat in the Parliament. Therefore he ran up to the booth, demanding that Turchynov turn his microphone on.

At the same time “Svoboda” Parliament Members ran for the part of the hall occupied by communists and the Party of Region. A scuffle broke out. The MP’s grabbed and tugged at each other’s jackets and shirts. The first to “attack” was “Svoboda” member Igor Myroshnychenko, who tried to punch Levchenko in the face.

However the informal leader of the Party of Regions, oligarch Vadym Novinskiy, dragged Levchenko away from the angry nationalist.

On their part, other “Svoboda” MP’s took on the communists. The fight was stopped by the speaker and Nestro Shufrych, as well as Novinsiy.

Turchynov put up the issue of removing Levchenko from the hall for violating the Statute, for unacceptable declarations, for vote.

In the end 171 members of the Parliament supported Levchenko’s removal. However, he did not leave the hall immediately, but only after Novinskiy personally asked him to do it.

Soon the party factions of the Party of Regions and Communist Party of Ukraine left the session hall.

Source: New Region

Translated by Mariya Shcherbinina

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