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Ukraine Lawmakers Brawl in Parliament — Again

Image: Ukrainian lawmakers clash during a Parliament session in Kiev
Ukrainian lawmakers clash during a Parliament session in Kiev on February 21, 2014. Ukraine's embattled President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he was calling an early presidential poll as the country inched towards resolving its bloodiest crisis since independence. He also said he was starting the process of changing the constitution and forming a government of national unity. MAKSYM MARUSENKO / AFP - Getty Images

A debate in Ukraine's parliament descended into a brawl on Friday as lawmakers clashed over how to resolve the crisis which has put the country on the brink of civil war.

Fighting broke out when the speaker declared a pause, delaying a debate on a possible resolution calling for President Viktor Yanukovych's powers to be reduced.

Thursday's session was also marred by a scuffle between rival lawmakers.

Image: Ukrainian deputies surround speaker Rybak during a session of parliament in Kiev
Lawmakers surround speaker Volodymyr Rybak, right, during a rowdy session of parliament. Alex Kuzmin / Reuters
Image: Ukrainian deputies fight during a session of parliament in Kiev
Ukrainian deputies fight during a session of parliament in Kiev on Feb. 21, 2014. Fighting broke out between deputies in Ukraine's parliament when the speaker declared a pause, delaying a debate on a possible resolution calling for President Viktor Yanukovich's powers to be reduced. Alex Kuzmin / Reuters