Pure Comedy: Parliament Leader Hides Under Umbrella As Eggs, Smoke Bombs & Fists Fly In Ukraine [Video & Pics Inside]

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(CNN) -- Lawmakers in Ukraine scuffled with each other, throwing punches and eggs, as parliament met Tuesday to ratify a treaty with Russia that extends the latter's navy presence in the Ukraine's Crimean peninsula until 2042.

The ruling Regions party eventually ratified the treaty but not before howls of protest from the opposition.

Someone set off a smoke bomb inside the building, while Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn sought refuge behind an umbrella as he was pelted with eggs.

During a rally attended by thousands on Saturday, opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko -- the former prime minister who lost to Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential election run-off in February -- said the ratification must be prevented at all costs.

She claimed that Yanukovych is "selling out" Ukraine, has "openly embarked on the path of destruction of (Ukraine's) national interests, and has actually begun the process of eliminating the state's sovereignty."

The deal was signed last week by Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Tymoshenko said it violated part of the Ukrainian Constitution, which forbids the country from hosting foreign military bases after 2017.

The deal extends Russia's lease of a major naval base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol for an additional 25 years, in exchange for a 30 percent cut in the price of natural gas that Russia sells to Ukraine.

The agreement may bring an end to years of disputes over natural gas prices, which culminated in Russia turning off the pipeline to Ukraine.

The dispute affected not only Ukrainians, but many Europeans who depend on Russian gas pumped through Ukraine.

The two countries had been at odds ever since the "Orange Revolution" swept Yanukovych's fiercely anti-Russian predecessor Viktor Yushchenko to power in 2005.

Throughout his time in office, Yushchenko repeatedly threatened to expel Russia's Black Sea Fleet from Sevastopol. The Russian military lease there was scheduled to expire in 2017.

Yanukovych said the new deal added a "concrete and pragmatic dimension" to centuries of relations between Ukrainians and Russians.

Opposition groups in Ukraine, however, were quick to denounce the agreement. Yuschenko's "Our Ukraine" party said the treaty would lead to the "Russification" of Ukraine


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Comment by JDaveM on April 28, 2010 at 4:26pm
what the hell was up wit that music sounded like an arcade game
Comment by Arthur on April 28, 2010 at 4:14pm
I am ashamed of our politicians .. Heap of idiots ..
Comment by Phil on April 28, 2010 at 1:52pm
to: Julien
Ukraine isn't country of 3rd world, it's independent country in Eastern Europe, former member of Soviet Union... Go back to school man, damn, but I know education in USA it's not good enough.. I mean in geography and history of other countries than USA... My friend was in USA and they (students of any high school in Oregon) asked him: "what is capitol city of Europe?" - it's funny because Europe isn't country... or they asked him "if Adolf Hitler is still alive?" - it's so sad... (he is dead for more than 60 years)...

I love Americans when they're talking about things that they never could understand
Comment by boy called histibe on April 28, 2010 at 12:54pm
рада, яйця, бійка
Comment by boy called histibe on April 28, 2010 at 12:51pm
im from ukriane fun s*** innit yo ggg-gunit!11
Comment by Bob on April 28, 2010 at 8:20am
i wouldve thrown my shoe
Comment by Timur on April 28, 2010 at 6:14am
f*** russians!!!!!
Ukraine 4 life!
Comment by Julien on April 28, 2010 at 1:48am
wow this dudes are whole bunch of clowns. I cant imagine this happening in U.S pariliment. Do people vote for those idiots? No wonder those 3rd world countries cant get their s*** together.
Comment by Nic on April 27, 2010 at 6:43pm
damn russians =)
Comment by ENYCertitifiedG on April 27, 2010 at 5:31pm
Lol!!!!!! It's Halloween in Ukraine?!

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