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Ukrainian Speaker Seeks Ethics Code After Lawmakers Brawl

Fistfight Breaks Out In Ukrainian Parliament
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WATCH: Two Ukrainian lawmakers traded punches at the parliament building on February 12 after disagreeing over a bill on land ownership. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

A fight between two members of the Ukrainian parliament led to a disruption of a parliamentary session and calls for an ethics code for lawmakers.

Yehor Sobolyev of the Samopomich (Self-Assistance) political alliance got in a scuffle on February 12 with Vadym Ivchenko of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party after disagreeing over a bill on land ownership.

Security personnel were forced to stop the fight, which bloodied Ivchenko's nose and Sobolyev's lip.

Speaker Volodymyr Hroysman declared a 15-minute break in the parliament session as the scuffle erupted.

Hroysman said later as the parliamentary session resumed its work that the two lawmakers would be punished for their behavior by being barred from taking part in the parliament's next five sessions.

Hroysman also recommended adopting a code of ethics for lawmakers that they would have to sign and adhere to.

Ukrainian lawmakers have brawled several times in recent years.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

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