Lawmakers brawl in Ukraine's parliament Tuesday as the legislature erupted into chaos over a vote allowing the Russian navy to keep using a port on the Black Sea (Reuters).
Members of Ukraine's parliament set off smoke bombs as it was announced the Russian lease of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol would be extended for 25 years (Reuters).
Many were upset with the approval of the lease extension as the controversy over the home port for the Russian Black Sea Fleet has been one of the most emotionally fraught consequences of the breakup of the Soviet Union (Reuters).
Members of parliament take cover as smoke bombs were set off during a vote that approved the extension of the lease of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol to the Russian navy (Reuters).
Members of parliament were at each others throats after the approval of the extension of the Russian lease of Sevastopol. Amid the session, fighting ensued, eggs were hurled and smoke bombs were set off (Reuters).
Opposition parliament members threw eggs at speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn as he opened the session in the Verkhovna Rada, forcing him to preside while shielded by a black umbrella held by an aide (Reuters).
Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during the vote on the extension of the Russian lease of the Black Sea port of Sevastopol (AP).
The Kremlin's influence has surged in Ukraine since the election victory of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych, infuriating Ukrainians who resent Moscow's influence, and inflaming the violent passions that plague the politics of the former Soviet republic (AP).
Two smoke bombs were set off, and deputies shouted their opinions, but had to compete with the squeal of a smoke alarm (AP).
The chambers of Ukraine's parliament are seen here after chaos erupted following the approval of the extension of Russia's lease on a port located in the Black Sea (AP).
Ukrainian Parliament members brawled, hurled eggs at each other and set off smoke bombs during a vote to allow the Russian navy to continue using a port on the Black Sea.