Politicians clashed in the Ukraine parliament [AFP]
A deputy of the pro-Russian majority bleeds following an argument with a pro-EU opposition MP [AFP]
The debate descended into violence as the pro-Russian majority politicians clashed with the pro-EU opposition.
One Government politician was left with blood over his face and hands after sustaining a gash on his forehead in the scuffle.
Yesterday the speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, Volodymyr Rybak, was forced to start a parliamentary session from a deputy’s seat as opposition politicians continued to occupy the podium.
Pro-Russian majority MPs argue with pro-EU opposition MPs [AFP]
A meeting had to be adjourned yesterday due to protests, which continued today [AFP]
On Monday, Mr Rybak had to adjourn the debate after a group of opposition MPs scuppered the session, demanding a special investigation into clashes between protesters and riot police in Kiev on January 10.
During the clashes, opposition leader Yury Lutsenko was photographed lying unconscious on the ground with a bleeding head, after reportedly being beaten by a riot officer when he tried to intervene in a confrontation between police and protesters.
In December, hundreds of thousands of protesters descended on Kiev’s Independence Square to call for Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich to row back from plans to move closer to Russia.