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Ukrainian Lawmakers Scuffle After Opposition Unblocks Podium

Members of Ukraine's opposition Svoboda (Liberty) faction have scuffled with lawmakers from the ruling Party of Regions and the Communist Party in parliament.

The incident took place after the Communists and members of the ruling Party of Regions began shouting that Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok should not address parliament.

The parliament resumed its work after members of three opposition factions -- the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), and Svoboda -- stopped blocking the podium.

They had been blocking the podium for two weeks to protest the ruling party's initiative to strip opposition deputy Serhiy Vlasenko of his mandate.

Vlasenko lost his mandate on March 6.

Last month, the three opposition factions blocked the parliament's podium for more than two weeks.

That blockage ended with the adoption of a new law requesting the physical presence of lawmakers during voting.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax