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Brawl in Ukrainian parliament as pro-Russian church ordered to change name

The speaker asked the Boyko-Rabinovych group to "stop rampaging".

MP Yuriy Bereza from the People's Front faction got into a fight with Opposition Bloc MP Nestor Shufrych after parliament passed the bill ordering the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate to change its name.

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Representatives of the Opposition Bloc and pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk's For Life party approached the rostrum to express their anger at this decision.

Speaker Andriy Parubiy called a break in the session after which Shufrych tore down a poster saying "Putin's agent Medvedchuk – to trial" from the rostrum.

Bereza did not like it and started shoving Shufrych. The argument quickly escalated to a fistfight accompanied by accusations and insults.

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Parubiy called to order and asked the Boyko-Rabinovych group to "stop rampaging".

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