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Scuffles erupt in Ukrainian parliament over disputed bill

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Ukrainian parliament has been forced to adjourn its session amid scuffles over hotly-disputed bills regarding the rebel-controlled eastern territories.

The bills submitted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have drawn fierce criticism from some politicians, including the Samopomich (Self Reliance) party.

Opponents of the bills, arguing that they do not assert Ukraine's control of the eastern territories strongly enough, swarmed the speaker's platform, causing the session to be adjourned until Friday.

The bills refer to elements of the 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine brokered by France and Germany.

The agreement signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk has helped reduce fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops, but clashes have continued and efforts to reach a political settlement have stalled.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in fighting since April 2014.


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