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Prosecutors open probe into Ukraine Parliament fight

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 15:18

Kiev: Prosecutors have opened a criminal probe into the fighting that broke out in Ukraine`s Parliament this week during a debate over a Russian naval base, a spokesman for Kiev prosecutors said on Thursday.

"The Kiev prosecutors have opened a criminal enquiry into the hooliganism carried out by a group of deputies in the Verkhovna Rada," a spokesman for prosecutors in the Ukrainian capital said.

In a chaotic parliamentary session on Tuesday, pro-Western opposition lawmakers hurled eggs and smoke bombs while fistfights broke out in the benches.

The tumult broke out as the Verkhovna Rada was debating ratification of a controversial deal to extend the lease of a Russian naval base on Ukraine`s Crimea Peninsula for 25 more years.

Pro-Western opposition parties considered the deal a violation of Ukraine`s sovereignty and a selling-out of national interests to the country`s giant neighbour Russia.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 15:18

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