Sat Dec 12, 2015, 06:21 PM

Watch: Fists Fly in Ukraine Parliament After MP Tries to Lift Prime Minister

A fist fight broke out in the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) on Friday, after one lawmaker tried to lift and hurl Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk while he was delivering his annual report.

The fight appeared to begin as member of parliament Oleg Barna from President Poroshenko’s BPP party tried to forcibly remove Yatsenyuk from behind the podium, news channel RBC Ukraine reports. Barna walked up to the podium with a bouquet of flowers, set them in front of the Prime Minister and grabbed him.

Live footage from the Rada then shows other parliamentarians going after Barna, pulling the MP away from the Prime Minister as a fight ensues. Among those throwing punches was the Minister of Energy, Vladimir Demchishin.

Shortly after, Vladimir Groysman, speaker of the Rada, can be seen urging lawmakers to return to their seats. Head of the BPP, Yuriy Lutsenko, later issued an apology for Barna’s behavior and said the party will reprimand him.

Barna told Ukrainian news site Ukrainskaya Pravda that he manhandled the prime minister because he thinks Yatsenyuk should resign. “If he doesn’t resign, I’m afraid, people will have to carry him out,” Barna said.


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