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April 27, 2010
Lawmakers brawl in Ukraine
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The speaker of Ukraine's parliament huddled under umbrellas as eggs rained down and smoke bombs filled the chamber with an acrid cloud. Then the lawmakers attacked each other, punching and brawling in the aisles. The chaos erupted Tuesday as parliament approved a treaty allowing Russia to extend the lease on a naval base in a Ukrainian port on the Black Sea until 2042 -- a move bitterly opposed by pro-Western lawmakers. Ukraine would get cheap natural gas from Russia in exchange. (23 images)

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Security personnel use umbrellas to protect the Speaker of Ukraine's parliament Volodymyr Liytvyn during a fight at a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. Fighting broke out and smoke bombs and eggs were thrown Tuesday as Ukraine's parliament erupted into chaos as it ratified a bitterly controversial deal with Russia extending the lease of a key naval base. The deal signed last week by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych had been slammed by the pro-Western Ukrainian opposition as a historic surrender of sovereignty. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky


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Guards cover parliament speaker Volodymr Lytvyn with umbrellas as protection from eggs thrown by opposition lawmakers during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Security personnel protect with umbrellas Speaker of Ukraine's parliament Volodymyr Liytvyn during a fight at a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Guards cover parliament speaker Volodymr Lytvyn with an umbrella from eggs thrown by opposition lawmakers during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Guards cover parliament speaker Volodymr Lytvyn with an umbrella from eggs thrown by opposition lawmakers during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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A smoke bomb is thrown during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight in smoke bombs during a session in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Smoke from smoke bombs fill the session hall as ministers look on in the background during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Smoke from smoke bombs fill the session hall during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27, with a Ukrainian flag draped over chairs. AP / Sergei Chuzavkov



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Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Smoke from smoke bombs fill the session hall as ministers look on in the background during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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A smoke bomb is thrown during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Deputies of Ukraine's parliament fight during a parliament sitting in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Sergei Supinsky



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Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight against each other during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight against each other during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight against each other during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Efrem Lukatsky



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Riot police block opposition supporters in front of the parliament building after lawmakers ratified the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Sergei Chuzavkov



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Riot police block opposition supporters in front of the parliament building after lawmakers ratified the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 27. AP / Sergei Chuzavkov



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Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko walks during a rotest rally in front of Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on April 27. AFP / Getty Images / Genya Savilov



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