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Ukrainian politicians fight in parliament.

Summary: Politicians in Ukraine went toe-to-toe on Tuesday when a brawl broke out over a speech.

Politicians in Ukraine went toe-to-toe on Tuesday when a brawl broke out over a speech.

Fists flew between the president's party and a far-right opposition faction, after one politician gave a speech in Russian, which is seen as controversial in Ukraine.

Disagreements have meant that only one session has taken place since February 22.

The use of the Russian language is a contentious issue in Ukraine, where millions consider it their mother tongue while many others see its use as an insult to national pride.

Fist fights have become a relatively common occurrence in parliament since the October 2012 election.

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Publication:Independent Television News Limited (ITN)
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Date:Mar 27, 2013
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