Ukrainian Parliament Stopped For Brawl
The Ukrainian Parliament is no stranger to fighting during its sessions. Thursday night’s session discussing the bill on whether to allow Russian to be spoken in the Eastern part of the country in official institutions such as hospitals and court, erupted into a brawl.
Opposition lawmaker Mykola Petruk was sent to the hospital. It seems he took a blow to the head and he had blood gushing down his face. There were no other reported injuries.
On Friday the Speaker’s podium was blocked and demonstrators were chanting outside the building. Parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn stated that the whole brawl “completely destroyed” the process of legislation.
The bill in question would allow Russian to be spoken in the Eastern part of the country, but the opposition feel that by doing this it will allow people not to feel the need to learn the Ukrainian language. That would further the feeling of continuing to be under Russian rule.