Sunday 22 October 2017

Ukraine duo in political punch-up

Rival politicians came to blows in Ukraine's parliament (AP)
Rival politicians came to blows in Ukraine's parliament (AP)

A political dispute between two Ukrainian lawmakers from rival parties turned into a violent brawl.

Vadym Ivchenko of Fatherland and Ehor Sobolev of the Self-Reliance Party came to blows over a bill on land restitution to local communities.

The controversial bill gives local authorities the right to divide and share lands outside villages and towns to individuals or companies, which Sobolev opposes.

Ivchenko said: "Ehor Sobolev attacked me and said that I'm lobbying for a bill on land restitution to local communities and he kicked me in the face. My action was a result of his (attack). He first hit me with his elbow in the jaw."

Sobolev added: "We are concerned that the bill is corrupt and we'll suggest the parliament not to vote for it. But it's really hard to keep calm when dealing with people who robbed the state and who want to continue doing that. Moreover, they start to offend and humiliate us."

The bout left Ivchenko with a broken nose and Sobolev a split lip.

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